Dr. Laura Tugman will discuss her doctoral dissertation, entitled Seeking Roots in Shifting Ground: Ethnic Identity Development and the Melungeons of Southern Appalachia. Her research examined the experience of Melungeon ethnic identity development through ethnographic interviews with Melungeon individuals in Southern Appalachia. Her study concluded that the identity development process and group dynamics occurring within the Melungeons present challenges to the current multicultural psychology literature regarding ethnic identity development. As recently as the early 1990s, many believed that the Melungeons would soon be completely assimilated into mainstream white America. More recently, the formation of the Melungeon Heritage Association has renewed ethnic pride for many Melungeons who have either previously concealed their heritage—or were not even aware of it—due to a long-standing generational practice of concealing Melungeon heritage. Dr. Tugman examined the ethnic identity development process and life experiences of Melungeons, particularly the impact of social dynamics, both within and outside the group, on self-identification.
The Melungeon Heritage Association has been approved to receive a grant in the amount of $2,000 from the Arts Fund […]
It was a pleasure for many of us to meet Economist reporter Andrew Miller at 20th Union. Here is […]
As president of the Melungeon Heritage Association, I thank those members and others who made 20th union successful and […]
Julie will be the keynote speaker this year in her native Wise County, Virginia. Her photography project “People and […]
Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and Vardy, Tennessee Thursday, June 23 Pre-conference Genealogy Workshop-Mountain Empire Community College. The following speakers […]
This feature story from the Asheville newspaper, featuring interviews with DruAnna Williams Overbay and Dr. Kathy Lyday was picked up […]