Senora Lynch, member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe and newly selected 2013 Elder in Residence for the UNC American Indian Center will discuss “The Gift” — her mosaic design on a walkway outside the Student Union — tonight.
Staff writer Sarah Ang spoke with Lynch about being selected for the residency, her past projects and what inspires her pottery.
Daily Tar Heel: How does it feel being chosen as the 2013 Elder in Residence, and what do you plan to accomplish?
Senora Lynch: I’m very honored to be asked to come as an elder — though I don’t think of myself as one. Sometimes when you hear elder it’s compared to age, but it’s also compared to who you respect.
I have a lot to learn in life. I have a long way to go before I reach the elder status, because life teaches you a lot.
But I’ll share what’s been given to me and I’ll try to represent all the tribes in North Carolina as I come to UNC.
I want to enlighten people and let them know there are many Indian people who live in North Carolina.
Hopefully, they’ll get a better understanding of the tribe, the community we come from and learn more about our culture.
DTH: Many people walk through “The Gift” without realizing what it is. Can you elaborate about the project?