USCL hosting Native American Studies Week

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By Jesef Williams

Catawba Indian music, dance and pottery are all on the bill for  the fourth annual Native American Studies Week at the University of South Carolina at Lancaster.

A number of demonstrations, lectures and discussion panels are slated to offer a closer look at Native American history and customs and how they have made an impact today.

Scholars, Catawba Indians and archaeologists will be among those participating.

All events are free, open to the public and will be held on USCL’s campus.

 “We’re trying to continue to spread the word about the history and culture of Catawbas and other Native American groups in our state,” said Dr. Stephen Criswell, a Native American studies professor at USCL. “They’re part of the American story.”

For details or to RSVP for one of the lunches, contact Brittany Taylor at taylorbd@mailbox.sc.edu or 286-7045, or Chris Judge at judge@sc.edu, 313-7445 or (803) 206-4125.

Here are the events on the schedule:


- Women’s Studies Student Archival Presentations, 1-2 p.m., Bradley Arts and Sciences Building, Room 226

- Catawba Pottery Demo by Caroleen Sanders; 2:30-3:30 p.m., Hubbard Hall, Room 120


- Catawba Drum and Dance presented by the Catawba Cultural Center, 11 a.m.-noon on the lawn between Bradley Arts and Sciences Building and Medford Library (if weather permits; if not in the Bradley multipurpose room)


- Presentation by Gene Crediford, 11-11:50 a.m., Medford Library, Room 213

- Gene Crediford, booksigning, 1-3 p.m., USCL bookstore

- Lunch with tribal leaders, noon-until, Hubbard Hall, Room 120 (RSVP with Chris Judge or Brittany Taylor if you plan to attend)

u Cofitachequi Panel, 3-5 p.m., Bundy Auditorium at Bradley building  


- Catawba Pottery Lecture by Steve Baker, 9:45-10:45 a.m., Bundy Auditorium

- Pottery Demo by Keith Brown, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Hubbard Hall, Room 120

- Interpretive tours of the Georgia Harris exhibit; tours start at 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m.,  2 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  


- Native American Studies Cultural Education Workshop, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Carole Ray Dowling Center (RSVP with Chris Judge or Brittany Taylor)

Contact reporter Jesef Williams at jwilliams@thelancasternews.com or at (803) 283-1152