Good News Friday: An Exciting Discovery for NC’s Native American History

Three teenagers made the exciting discovery of a 1,000-year-old canoe in Lake Waccamaw this year. The canoe has been recovered by the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe. (Image via The Life of Bryan on Flickr)

By Leah Sherrell

May 12, 2023

Our weekly roundup of good news includes an historic finding for NC’s Native American history, and more hope for the red wolves.  

If it’s Friday, that means it’s Good News Friday, our weekly dip into the good things that happened in North Carolina this week.

Click here for past Good News Fridays. Happy reading!

Waccamaw Siouan Tribe Finds 1,000 Year Old Canoe

Earlier this year a canoe at least a millennia old was excavated out of Lake Waccamaw. The Waccamaw Siouan Indian Tribe and a team of archaeologists recovered the canoe that was found by three teenagers in 2021. 

In an interview, Waccamaw Siouan Chief Michael Jacobs says that while some have questioned their origins and oral history, the canoe supports that the tribe has been there for thousands of years. 

Red Wolf Pups at the NC Zoo

Remember a few weeks ago how we talked about the comeback of the critically endangered red wolf species? Well, we have an exciting update. The North Carolina Zoo announced earlier this week that they have TWO new litters of red wolf pups – making a total of nine new babies. 

The wolves are part of the NC Zoo’s commitment to the American Red Wolf SAFE Program. 

The New Cool Movement 

Meet Greensboro local Busta Brown, a radio host that is transforming “cool culture” in his community with a media production program called “The New Cool Movement”. The program provides an experience for those 8-17 about how to produce a podcast, empower young people, and help them navigate the world. 

Recommended Forest Practices 

“In the Field”, a blog about the people and programs of the NC Agricultural Department, has an ongoing series about the financial assistance that NC Forest Service offers to help maintain North Carolina’s natural woodlands. The program allows a lot of landowners to manage, and preserve the forests for future generations. 

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  • Leah Sherrell

    Leah Sherrell is a multimedia reporter for Cardinal & Pine. A graduate of UNC-Wilmington, she's a resident of Kernersville with a background in video production and communication. Leah uses many forms of media to explore the multifaceted lifestyles and cultures present in North Carolina.

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