The Pinecone Patchwork Story
The “Pinecone Patchwork” derives its name from the long leaf pinecone, when looking at the bottom of a pinecone you can find this design. Our elders of the past and present weave these beautiful designs in quilts while hosting quilting bee’s in their communities. In the 1800's Henry Berry Lowry's daughter, nicknamed Polly hand made a quilt using the Pinecone Patchwork design. Hayes A. Locklear, artist and historian and Kat Littleturtle were inspired by the quilt and designed and made a southern style dress for Natasha Wagner a former Miss Indian World in 1993. Today our Lumbee Princesses wear the Pinecone Patchwork insignia on their traditional regalia's during Pow-wows across the Nation. In 2000 Cyna's Jewelers fashioned the Pinecone Patchwork into contemporary jewelry with the idea that all people could wear a piece of Lumbee history. This beautiful design has become a symbol that has help revitalized the rich heritage of the Lumbee people. Robeson County, North Carolina is the , “Land of the Lumbee”. (featured to the right is Ms. Mary, aka "Lady of the Pine", wearing the Lumbee Pinecone Patchwork regalia)
Preserving our heritage through our jewelry.
Jewelry Designer TPL II (Lumbee)
- Cyna's Pinecone Patchwork was honorably presented to the first lady, Laura Bush in Washington D.C. in 2005 by pop singer Jana Mashonee
- Cyna's Pinecone Patchwork is featured on the album cover of Jana's American Indian Christmas.
Cyna's Pinecone Patchwork Design is a US Federal Registered Trademark Reg. No. 3,974,134.
The Lumbee Jewelry Story
In the year 1998 the Lumbee jewelry was designed with the intentions of preserving Lumbee heritage. The jewelry is not just an ordinary piece of jewelry, but a reminder to future generations of where their ancestors have come from. Alert !! All three styles of the ring have been copyrighted!!
The year 1865 marked the beginning of a legend. Henry Berry Lowrey began his war against the injustices being dealt to the Lumbee people. Lowrey father Allen and brother William were killed execution style March 4th, 1865. A mystery still today surrounds the disapperance of Henry Berry however his legend lives on forever.
In 1887 the Croatan Normal School was established with only 15 students, today known as University of North Carolina at Pembroke it has an enrollment of over 6,000 and is still growing.
On June 7th, 1956 Congress recognized the Lumbee Indians as a tribe but "nothing in this Act shall make such Indians eligible for any services performed by the United States for Indians..." As of today, the Lumbees are still fighting for full federal recognition.
In 1958 the Lumbee Indians received national media attention for the defence against the Klu Klux Klan in Maxton, North Carolina.
The two feathers represent the red tailed hawk a bird that thrives on being free, free as the Lumbee people. This bird symbolizes achievement of the Lumbee people through the years. The feather is also worn in todays traditional regalia among the Lumbee people.
The Lumbee ring continues the beautiful tradition of the pinecone patchwork design on the side of the ring. The Lumbee Indians are the only American indian tribe to use the pinecone patchwork insignia. Lumbee women of the past wove these beautiful designs in quilts and rugs while hosting a quilting bee in their community. The distinct design derives its name from the long leaf pinecone, were when looking at the bottom of the pinecone you can find this design.
Our footsteps follow our ancestors back thousands of years ago where projectile points, known as arrowheads (featured in the center), can be found in many communities in Robeson county and southeastern North Carolina.
The Lumbee river has contributed so much, therefore it is an integral part to the Lumbee people. It surrounds us and brings us life. The Lumbee Ring has a circular top which represents unity among the Lumbee people. Join us in Keeping Our Heritage Alive!
Designer Timothy P. Locklear II (TPL II)