USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center Celebrates 3rd Anniversary with Gallery Openings, Lectures, and More!
As part of its celebration of Native American Heritage Month, USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center will host an afternoon of events on November 20th, including the opening of two new exhibits, a lecture on Catawba pottery, demonstrations of American Indian basketry, and storytelling and musical performances. The day will also mark the Center’s celebration of its third anniversary.
Opening its doors in 2012, the Native American Studies Center has attracted thousands of visitors from around the state, the country and the world to downtown Lancaster, SC. Its four galleries, archaeology lab, archives, and other amenities have attracted everyone from pre-school groups to seasoned scholars. To mark its 3rd anniversary, the Center will host an afternoon of free, public events. Beginning at noon with a lecture by Catawba Indian scholar Brooke Bauer, who will discuss the role of Catawba women in preserving the tribe’s pottery tradition, the Center will officially open two new exhibits: the “Story of Catawba Pottery,” a permanent exhibit sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Duke Energy Foundation, and “Solitude and Mystery,” a visiting exhibit of carvings by Cherokee artist John Julius Wilnoty. The afternoon will also feature basket-making demonstrations by Catawba artist Faye Greiner, storytelling and pottery-making demonstrations by Beckee Garris of the Catawba Cultural Center and the NASC, and a musical performance by former Catawba Nation Chief and guitarist Gilbert Blue.
The USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center is located at 119 S. Main St. Lancaster, SC. For more information on the Center and for a schedule of the Nov. 20th events, visit usclancaster.sc.edu or call 803-313-7172.