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Coharie Indian Tribe

About Coharie Indian Tribe

The Coharie Indian Tribe is located in the State of North Carolina in the counties of Harnett and Sampson.  They descend from the aboriginal tribe of the Neusiok Indians.  Historical movements, initiated by Inter-Tribal conflicts as well as White/Indian colonial hostilities, caused the Coharies to move to their present location between 1729 and 1746.  Since then, they have lived continuously as an Indian Tribe.  The contemporary Coharie community consists of four settlements (identified by the communities’ Indian Church):  Holly Grove, New Bethel, Shiloh, and Antioch.  The churches are the center of the Coharie Peoples’ activities.  It is through the churches that families interact, the elders are honored, and the social rules enforced.  The Coharies’ sense of themselves is manifested most clearly through their religious activities.  The Coharie Indian Tribe has been recognized by the State of North Carolina since 1971.  The Coharie Intra-Tribal Council, Inc. currently governs the tribe.  The Tribal Council consists of a seven members, who are elected by the tribal membership.

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Coharie Indian Tribe HNNC Supported Initiatives

Check out these great Sampson Independent articles entitled “Nurturing Healthy Living” and “Keeping Traditions Alive” explaining how the Coharie Tribe is working together to foster healthy living through a community garden!  Another Samposon Independent article shares the story of tribe’s work on HOPE projects!

Coharie garden

The Coharie Tribe has successfully planted two community gardens.  The Sampson County Tribal Center is the home of a circle of vegetables, including tomatoes, bell pepper, squash, organic cucumbers, and eggplants.  The Harnett County Center is home to a traditional community garden with 17 rows of assorted vegetable including tomatoes, bell pepper, okra, cabbage, peas, corn, and squash.  Coharie elders and youth spend a lot of time in the gardens.  The elders have taught tribal members to keep the deer out of the gardens by using human hair on a hanging shirt just outside the garden.  The deer associate humans with the scent of the hair and stay out of the garden.  Both counties are looking forward to getting a lot of fresh vegetables and eating healthy foods!

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Coharie Garden Bounty

Coharie is growing gourds and after they have dried out them out they use them to make crafts with the elders and youth.  The Tribe has recently cleaned out an unused room at the center and is now using it for craft making, regalia building, and drumming sessions.  As a result of the community gardens, the tribal community has begun to increase participation in various tribal activities and has committed to sustaining the garden efforts in years to come!

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Pictured above Ms. Henritta Maynor (left) and Ms. Rosia Freeman (right) hard at work planting in the Harnett County garden

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“This is how we do it in Harnett County!”  Ms. Helen McCowan, pictured above, working the soil in the old way

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Pictured above Ms. Helen McCowan (left), Ms. Rosia Freeman (center), and Ms. Henritta Maynor happy to be tending the land in Harnett County.  They can’t wait to get out there early in the morning when its not too warm

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Pictures above are Coharie elders, Ms. Rosa Freeman, Ms. Helen McCowan, and Mr. Phillip Walker, working in the garden, harvesting red potatoes

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Pictured above Ms. Tabatha Brewer and the Coharie youth prepare a raised bed garden behind the Coharie Tribal Center in Sampson County

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Pictured above Mr. Greg Jacobs reflecting with an elder through the garden in Harnett County

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The Coharie youth garden in Sampson County illustrates that you can grow a lot of produce in a raised bed garden

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Watermelons thriving in Coharie Country

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Rows and rows of beautiful green harvest from the elders’ garden in Harnett County

Photos of the Coharie Indian Tribe Harnett County Community Garden captured by Ms. Isabell Freeman Elliot

Coharie Indian Tribe HNNC Partners & Collaborators

Coharie Indian Tribe Contact Information

Picture1Tabatha Brewer

Coharie Tribal Center

7531 N US Hwy 421

Clinton, North Carolina 28328

910-564-6909

brewertabatha@yahoo.com