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Honoring the Animals Day set for this weekend at USCL

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By Jesef Williams

The role of animals in Native American culture will be the focus of a day-long event this weekend at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

Honoring the Animals Day begins at 9 p.m. Saturday and will be held at the Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

The event will explore the relationship between animals and Native Americans, and the role of certain animals, particularly in Catawba and Cherokee Indian culture.

The event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Stephen Criswell, USCL’s Native American Studies director, said Honoring the Animals Day will be a good chance for the community to come see what’s going on at USCL.

He calls it a great “stay-cation.”

“I hope people will come out and have fun,” Criswell said. “This is a day for children and adults – an educational experience.”

Catawba and Cherokee storytellers will share myths and tales featuring local animals. USCL Native American Studies faculty will discuss animals in Catawba language and demonstrate primitive hunting techniques.

Members of the Catawba Science Center will bring lizards, snakes and other reptiles to display.

The Catawba Cultural Center dance and drum group will also perform, and potters will put on a demonstration.

Animal-protection agencies will be on hand to share information, as well.

For details, contact Brittany Taylor at 313-7000 or Criswell at 313-7108.

Schedule of events

• 9 a.m. – An interactive lecture on storytelling by Dr. Nicol Auguste

• 10 a.m. – “Reptiles Revealed” program by the Catawba Science Center

• 11 a.m. – Cherokee animal stories by Dr. Will Goins

• Noon to 2:30 p.m. – primitive weapons demonstration by Chris Judge

• Noon – Vegetarian lunch catered by Dawn Wagner of Wags and Wishes Cafe

• 1 p.m. – Catawba drum and dance presented by the Catawba Cultural Center

• 2 p.m. – Pottery demonstration by Beckee Garris of the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project

• 3 p.m. – “Reptiles Revealed” program by the Catawba Science Center

• 4 p.m. – “Animals in Catawba Language” program by Claudia Priest

• 5 p.m. – Guest artist lecture by Pauline Foss

• 6 p.m. – Guided tour of the Honoring the Animal Exhibit by its curator, Brittany Taylor