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theories have been advanced to explain the origins of the Lumbee.They also contain traces of Portuguese from shipwrecked sailors,Spanish soldiers from an early colonization attemptand runaway Africans,the Lumbee deny any African heritage.Common Lumbee names Chavis,Chaves,Cheeves andCumbo are of Spanish/Portuguese origin and African.Chaves is a common Spanish Portuguese like Ceasar Chavez.Lumbee words can even be traced to Spanish Portuguese such as Juvember which means KID or young in Portuguese and Juvem is also a village in Portugal Juvem ba" means "by the village of Juvem".The Lumbee call Juvemba" a sling shot,a toy used by KIDS.The Lumbee use of the word "Pocosin" for a little swamp
which in Spanish means"LITTLE WITHOUT "Poco sin"
I hear Spanish speakers say it all the time!A swamp is little without dry land! Modern day Lumbee DNA has tested to be R1 and L3 haplo so far which arePortuguese/Spanish/African,No SUPRISE,The governor in 1754 counted no Indians in Bladen county.
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