David La Vere, Professor

Morton Hall 233 | 910.962.3315 | lavered@uncw.edu


David LaVere

Dr. La Vere, a former Marine infantryman, teaches and researches on Southeastern Indians, especially those of the Carolinas. In the past, he has written extensively on Southern Plains and Texas Indians. He received his PhD from Texas A&M University in 1993, studying with historian Gary Clayton Anderson. La Vere has published seven books, the most recent in 2013 from the University of North Carolina Press, titled The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies. Other books include The Lost Rocks: The Dare Stones and the Unsolved Mystery of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Lost Colony (Burnt Mill Press, 2010); Looting Spiro Mounds (University of Oklahoma Press, 2007); The Texas Indians (Texas A&M University Press, 2004); Contrary Neighbors: Southern Plains and Removed Indians in Indian Territory (University of Oklahoma Press, 2000 and winner of the 2001 Oklahoma Book Award for Best Non-Fiction); The Caddo Chiefdoms (University of Nebraska Press, 1998); Life Among the Texas Indians: The WPA Narratives (Texas A&M University Press, 1998).

La Vere has also published several articles, including “The 1937 Chowan River ‘Dare Stone’: A Re-evaluation.” North Carolina Historical Review 86 (July 2009): 251-281 and winner of the R. D. W. Connor Award for the best article appearing in the North Carolina Historical Review during 2009; "Minding Their Own Business: The Kiowa-Comanche-Apache Business Committee of the Early 1900s" in Native Pathways: American Indian Culture and Economic Development in the Twentieth Century. Economic Development and American Indian Culture. Edited by Brian C. Hosmer and Colleen O'Neill. University Press of Colorado, 2004; "Facing Off; Indian-Spanish Rivalry in the Greater Southwest, 1528-1821" in "They Made Us Many Promises": The American Indian Experience, 1524 to the Present (Harlan-Davidson, Inc., 2002) and "Between Kinship and Capitalism: French and Spanish Rivalry in the Colonial Louisiana-Texas Indian Trade, The Journal of Southern History LXIV, No. 2, May 1998.

At UNCW, La Vere teaches several American Indian history classes, including American Indian History Before 1900 (HST 336), American Indian History After 1900 (HST 337), North Carolina Indian History (HST 250) and other such classes in both undergraduate and graduate seminars.

Professor La Vere welcomes graduate and undergraduate students who wish to study American Indian history. Over the years, he has built a rather large collection of Indian-related microfilm at the UNCW library. North Carolina, the Southeast, and the Southern Plains have a rich Indian history, while North Carolina itself has over 100,000 American Indians living in the state, so research and thesis topics abound. He has also been fortunate to have had very good students study with him, some who have written articles in his seminars and then gone on to have them published in various historical journals. Several of his students have been accepted into PhD programs with some going on to professorial positions at universities. Others have become respected teachers at community colleges. Native American history is an exciting area to work in.

     La Vere is a member of the Western History Association, the American Society for Ethnohistory, the Texas State Historical Association, and the Louisiana History Association.

    Click to see photo of UNCW Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo presenting First Lady Laura Bush with a copy of my recent book, The Texas Indians, in August 2004.

    Click here to see a photo of Dr. La Vere with Josh Bernstein, host of the History Channel's show, Digging for the Truth. Dr. La Vere served as an on-camera commentator on the show about North Carolina's Lost Colony of Roanoke. Picture from May 2005.

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