Helen Marie Jacobs was born in 1938 in Robinson County, North Carolina. Her roots are Native American with the Lumbee Indians, the largest Native American tribe unrecognized by the United States Government, east of the Mississippi. She took with her, her history, her stories, and her understandings of her life and of a people unknown.

This is my project in self-discovery of my roots. After years of moving endlessly, in many different places around the world, I learned something quite valuable, in the land of my father’s father, on a holiday in Sicily. I was celebrating a very special birthday and I received some beautiful, insightful advice from a new friend. I learned;

Without knowledge of your roots. You can’t learn how to fly and since then my life’s desire is to learn how to fly.

This web site is documentation on growing roots. Connecting with my ancestors spiritually, emotionally and physically, through reflecting, researching, writing, designing, exploring and doing. Whilst living in the most beautiful, natural, isolated places in the world, Iceland, Greenland and the land of my mother’s people, North Carolina.

This project marks a new beginning in acceptance of who I am and where I come from. I am my mother’s daughter.

Laura Lyn Arena