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Volume 2, November 2011

Unheard Voices brings American Indians together
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North Carolina has the largest Native American population east of the Mississippi River. Yet, only a few hundred students at the University of North Carolina are Native American.

Members of Unheard Voices are making an effort to raise awareness of UNC's American Indian community. The a cappella group recently held auditions to increase the group's members from 6 to 12.

“It would help us make our voices louder by showing people that, yes, Native Americans still exist and, yes, there are a lot of us,” said Whitney Bullard, a UNC junior and Unheard Voices performer. She said the group wants a larger presence on campus. “It would be better to have more people in our group around campus and at events to allow us to have a stronger voice and say, ‘Hey, we’re here’.”

Unheard Voices integrates Native American folk music and spoken word into its performances. Bullard said the group is generating student interest by performing on campus and at local events.

Unheard Voices was founded in the 1970s.  Students who participate must be members of the Carolina Indian Circle -- a student organization that raises awareness about Native American culture on campus.

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helps explain Native American culture and music’s connection to Earth said Candice Locklear, Unheard Voices lead singer and main drummer
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“It allowed me to express my culture and find out more about myself.” Whitney Bullard, Unheard Voices member

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“Overall, I feel it is a great way to express the native culture in a respectful way that also allows me to get to know other great Native people.”  Elena Hunt, Unheard Voices member
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“I have always lived in a predominately Native American community but I found few opportunities to expand my knowledge base to other tribes.”  Amber McDowell, Unheard Voices member

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