Native American Studies Week at USCL

Beginning Friday, March 21st, USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center will host its 9th annual Native American Studies Week. Since 2005, USCL has hosted a week of events each spring focused on the rich history s program focuses on Native flora and the role of plant life in Southeastern Native American communities.  The program will include lectures by regionally- and nationally-recognized scholars, as well as exhibits that highlight this topic. For the first time, the NASW will kick-off with a monthly Lunch and Learn lecture on Friday, March 21st at the USCL Native American Studies Center. This will begin a week of events focused on traditional and contemporary s speakers will discuss foodways, tobacco, and traditional and contemporary use of natural resources, including eighteenth-century Catawba women, the impact of ramps (wild onions) on the Cherokee, and the historical role of tobacco in eastern Native American lives.
All events will be held at the USCL Native American Studies Center at 119 S. Main St, in Lancaster, except for the keynote address on Wednesday, March 26th, which will be held in the Bundy Auditorium on the USCL campus.
All events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Native American Studies Center (NASC) at 803-313-7172 or email

9th Annual Native American Studies Week
Schedule of Events—Friday March 21st through Thursday March 27th

March 21st, 2014
12:00 – 12:45 pm — The Case of the Wild Onions: The Impact of Ramps on Cherokee Rights, Lunch and Learn Lecture by Dr. Courtney Lewis, NASC Room 106

March 22nd, 2014
9:00 am – 4:00 pm — Native American Studies Festival–Events located throughout the NASC

March 25th, 2014
1:00 pm – First Man and the Power of the Pipe, Lecture by Dr. Adam King, NASC Room 106

March 26th, 2014
6:00 pm – Eighteenth-Century Catawba Country: Uses of Natural Resources by Catawba Women, Keynote Lecture by Brooke Bauer, Bradley Auditorium on USCL Campus

March 27th, 2014
11:00 am – Sacred Tobacco in the Past, Lecture by Dr. Gail E. Wagner, NASC Room 106
4:00-6:00 pm — Archaeology Lab
6:00-7:00 pm — Exhibit Opening Reception and Gallery Talk by Chris Judge, NASC Gallery
7:00 pm — The Search for the Earliest Humans in the Land Called South Carolina —Beyond Clovis, Lecture by AL Goodyear, Carole Ray Dowling on USCL Campus