Dr. Chris Oakley, professor in the Department of History at East Carolina University, is slated to speak at 6 p.m. Thursday for this month’s installment of the “Science on the Sound” lecture series at the Coastal Studies Institute on the ECU Outer Banks Campus.
This monthly, in-person, lecture series brings perspectives from all over the state and highlights coastal topics in northeastern North Carolina. Each lecture is free of charge, and all are welcome to attend.
In his presentation entitled “Maritime Indians: The Coastal Algonquians of the Outer Banks,” Oakley will highlight his research on the coastal Algonquians native to the region.
Although the Carolina Algonquians did not develop extensive ocean navigation and exploration, evidence strongly suggests that their culture was heavily influenced by the sea and the coast well before the arrival of Europeans. In fact, a significant portion of their culture and society was based on an environment that was dominated by the presence of water, especially the large sounds created by the barrier islands of the Outer Banks, according to the institute.
This project will examine the maritime history, culture, and legacy of the Carolina Algonquians of eastern North Carolina. The project will employ a multidisciplinary approach, incorporating history, anthropology, archaeology, geography, and biology.