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Native American Village Going Up on Banks of Eno

Posted November 6, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— A primitive village sits in the middle of the Orange County town of Hillsborough. Native Americans of the Occaneechi tribe are building a replica of a 17th century Indian village on the banks of the Eno River.

The village will be an educational exhibit for visitors and a source of pride for those who still call themselves Occaneechi.

Students who learn about Native Americans and the eral in school find a wealth of information in the village.

Native American John Jeffries says there are demonstrations of toolmaking that show how things were done before Europeans came to this country.

Jeffries says the village is a good replica of the original, and not far away from it.

Tribe Chairman Lawrence Dunmore says if it hadn't been for the Occaneechi, there would be no Hillsborough.

Members of the Occaneechi Tribe plan to have the village completed by April. It will be open to visitors and school groups 24 hours a day.

Reporter/Photographer:Rick Armstrong