Catawba Cultural Center

The mission of the Catawba Cultural Center is to preserve, protect, promote and maintain the rich cultural heritage of the Catawba Indian Nation through efforts in archives, archeology, tribal historic preservation, native crafts, cultural education, and tourism development.

Visit the Cultural Center:

The Cultural Center provides an overview of the rich culture and history of the Catawba Indian Nation. There are exhibits that can be seen at no charge and a member of the staff will be happy to answer any questions that you have. There is also a craft store in the center that features crafts from many of our native artisans.

1536 Tom Steven Road
Rock Hill, SC 29730

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, closed Sunday
Phone number:
(803) 328-2427


Planning a program:

If you are interested in having your group come to the cultural center or having someone from the cultural center come to you, please contact the Educational Programs Director, Kris Carpenter at ext. 237. She will be happy to explain the programs that we offer and schedule a date for you. Below is general information about program pricing:

Standard On-site Program Cost

A standard program consists of drumming, dancing, pottery demonstration, storytelling, language and history

A Group with a Minimum of 35
$6 per person

A Group with Less than 35 people
$9 per person

Off-site Program

45 min drumming dancing and history program – Please Contact Us

Off-site Speaker – Please Contact Us


Catawba Pow-Wow:

In 2017 we hope to bring back the Pow Wow. It is usually held in the Spring in connection with Rock Hill’s Come See Me Festival. The following opportunities are part of the Pow Wow:

Drumming contest
Dancing contest

Please contact the Cultural Center for more information and forms will be posted online soon.


Yap Ye Iswa Festival:

Yap Ye Iswa (Day of the Catawba) is supported by the Catawba Cultural Center, and is celebrated every year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. This celebration allows the Catawba and people from all different backgrounds to be educated about Catawba culture. The festival includes traditional Catawba art, history, stories, dance, language, music, pottery and food. There is also storytelling and performances given by traditional drummers and dancers. Potters are able to display and sell their traditional pottery. The Day of the Catawba helps to keep Catawba culture preserved and is a way for non-native people to learn about the culture and heritage of the Catawba tribe. We hope to bring this festival back in the coming years.

Other Services:

THPO Office: The Cultural Center has a Tribal Historic Preservation office. If you are working on a project it may need to have an archeological check by our experts. Please contact Caitlin Totherow at our offices ext. 226.
Archives: We have extensive archives and history for the Catawba Nation onsite. If you would like more information about our archives please contact Ashley Sexton at ext. 221.
Language: The Catawba language has been restored and is taught in our children’s programs. We also teach classes to adults on an “as needed” basis. Please contact Beckee Garris with any questions about the Catawba language at ext.232.
Children’s Programs: The Cultural Center has an after school and summer camp program for Catawba children and those living in a Catawba household. These programs offer educational, cultural, and recreational components to our children. If you are interested in these programs please contact Tonya Rice at ext. 246.