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USC Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Hosts Sixth Annual Winter Native American Art and Craft Sale – Dec. 1, 2018

November 12, 2018

Just in time for the holiday season, see and shop for jewelry, Catawba pottery, baskets, quilts, and more one-of-a-kind artwork at the sixth annual Native American Art and Craft Sale, held in conjunction with the City of Lancaster’s annual Christmas in the City event. The sale will take place at USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center from 9am-4pm, on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

The event will feature a broad range of work from 12 South Carolina Native American artists showing and selling their handmade creations. Artists include JoAnn Bauer, pottery; Nancy Basket, basket making and kudzu paper art; DeAnn Beck, watercolor paintings; Keith Brown, pottery; Beckee Garris, pottery and basket making; Cindy George, beadwork and jewelry; Faye Greiner, basket making and pottery; Teresa Harris, pottery, quilts and crochet; Marcy Hayden, multiple items; Barbara MorningStar, beadwork; Fred Sanders, soapstone pipes and pottery; Sharon Simmers, beadwork and pottery.

Artist Faye Greiner will be one of several Native American artists selling unique handmade creations.

Shop for Catawba pottery, such as these creations from Teresa Harris, and more.

Crafts, decorative items, mixed media artwork, and more will be featured from around six Native American tribal groups, including the Catawba, Cherokee, Pee Dee, and Ojibwa.

Traditional artist Beckee Garris, who has appeared this fall as the Center’s Artist-in-Residence, will demonstrate pottery and basket making techniques and will share Catawba oral histories and traditions.

Artist-in-Residence Beckee Garris will demonstrate pottery and basket making techniques.

Shop for jewelry, pottery, quilts, and baskets, like these from artist Nancy Basket.

The Native American Art and Craft Sale and admission to the Native American Studies Center is free and open to the public.

For more information about the Center, call 803/313-7172.


Native American Archive Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Rolls Out New Digital Archive

January 31, 2018

The Native American Studies Archive at USC Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, announces the launch of the Native American South Carolina Archive (NASCA), a comprehensive digital archive for tribal histories, photos, correspondence, oral histories, and more. A collaboration between the Archive, the USC University Libraries Digital Collections, and the USC Institute for Southern Studies, NASCA is funded by an ASPIRE grant from the USC Office of the Vice President for Research.

Launching Tuesday, Jan. 16, NASCA will provide resources for studying Native American culture and will highlight the important role Native South Carolinians have played in our state’s history and prehistory.

Edisto Assistant Chief Frank Pye and his granddaughter at a Chicora powwow in Horry County. Photo by Gene Crediford.

The site focuses on three eras in our state’s history: Prehistoric South Carolina, Reconstruction-era to late 19th Century South Carolina, and late 20th Century to early 21st Century South Carolina.

Including information from these eras, the site contains digitized letters dating back to 1759 from the SC Department of Archives and History’s Governor’s Correspondence File, several hours of transcribed interviews from various tribal leaders and elders, an interactive map highlighting Native and archaeological points of interest around the state, a timeline of events from the Ice Age 19,000 years ago to events of recent years, and around 167 color and black and white images from photographer and USC Professor Gene Crediford.

NASCA also features histories and banners of the state’s 14 recognized tribes and tribal groups, plus five original short films about Prehistoric South Carolina, with a sixth short video tour of the Native American Studies Center and its location in historic downtown Lancaster’s Cultural Arts District.

In this image by photographer Gene Crediford, an unidentified pair of hands holds a ball of clay.

“There has never been anything like this before in South Carolina,” said Brent Burgin, the Center’s Director of Archives. “We have over 40,000 people in South Carolina who have claimed Native descent since our last Census. Native Americans often have been called an invisible people in this state; it’s very much an underserved community.”

Dr. Matt Simmons, Digital US South Project Coordinator at USC’s Institute for Southern Studies, worked closely with Burgin on digitizing the Center’s Archives, vetting and hiring computer programmers and web designers, and helping faculty members produce digital projects. In addition to providing new resources, Simmons says he hopes the archive also will fill in the gaps of our state’s history and provide context about South Carolina’s Native population.

“More than anything, it’s creating a resource for the people of South Carolina, for K-12 students, but also for the public in general coming to an understanding of Native people: who they are, that they’re still here, and really come to an understanding to get past silly and wrong thinking that they all disappeared after the Yamasee War.”

To access the Native American South Carolina Archive, visit ( For more information about the Native American Studies Center, call 803/313-7172.

Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Offers Fall Lineup of Exhibits

August 22, 2016


The Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, galleries will host several events in the fall months. Please take a look below and mark your calendar so you do not miss your favorite events. These events are free and open to the public.

Artist-in-Residence with Keith Brown, Catawba potter will be at the Center on Thursday, Friday, and every other Saturday from 10am until 4pm starting August 25, 2016. The residency will run through December 17, 2016. This event is grant funded and supported by the South Carolina’s Art Commission

Monday, October 31, 2016 at 4-8pm
Happy Halloween! Come join us for storytelling and Artist-in-Residence demonstrations. Come by the Center between 4pm and 8pm for a trick and a treat! Keith Brown will be in the gallery providing pottery demonstrations and talking with visitors about the Catawba pottery tradition. Catawba Storyteller Beckee Garris will also be available telling Native stories to visitors throughout the afternoon.

Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 9am-4pm: Native American Art and Crafts Annual Winter Sale Catawba pottery, jewelry, baskets, and other works handmade by Native American artists and craftspeople will be available Saturday, December 3rd at the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Center from 9am to 4pm. Vendors will be offering a wide variety of artwork, crafts, decorative items, and unique handmade objects perfect for holiday gift-giving. Visitors will also have the opportunity tour the exhibits in the Native American Studies Center and to see demonstrations of Catawba pottery by artist in resident Keith Brown.

For further information call 803/313-7172 or visit (

USC-Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Announces that Artist Fran Gardner’s Work was Accepted for ArtFields© 2015

March 6, 2015


Fran Gardner’s art work titled “Laws of Variation” has been accepted for exhibition in ArtFields© 2015 held annually in Lake City, SC. Gardner’s work was one of only 400 pieces selected out of 1,000 entries competing in the exhibit. Her mixed media installation piece is composed of thirty-nine 8”x8” panels that are a combination of painting, drawing and stitchery.


According to the website “ArtFields© is a community-focused celebration of art awarding $110,000 in prizes to artists from across the Southeast. Initially founded in 2013 ArtFields© annually transforms the historic district of Lake City into a Southern art mecca for nine days allowing visitors, residents, and artists to experience a massive arts festival in the heart of one of South Carolina’s most charming small towns.”

Part of “Laws of Variation” by Fran Gardner

Gardner’s pieces will be on display at The Visitor Center at the Historic Whitehead Infirmary at 238 East Main Street in Lake City from Apr. 24 – May 2, 2015. Gardner will give an artist talk about her work on May 1 at 11am. Gardner stated, “ArtFields© draws a very large and diverse audience of artists, art appreciators, and most especially citizens of the southeastern states who are curious and interested in the intersection of art and rural life in the south. I am honored to have my work accepted for this important exhibition.”

A native South Carolinian, Gardner lives in Heath Springs, not far from her birthplace in Hartsville. She is professor of art and art history at the University of South Carolina Lancaster. Her work has been exhibited regionally and nationally and published in books and magazines including “Textiles: The Art of Mankind” by Mary Schoeser. She was a national park artist-in-residence in New Mexico in 2012.

For further info contact Shana F. Dry, Office of Advancement, USC Lancaster by calling 803/313-7008 or e-mail to ( For info about ArtFields© 2015 visit (

USC Lancaster Hosts 10th Annual Native American Studies Week in Lancaster, SC – Mar. 20, 2015

February 20, 2015


Beginning Friday, Mar. 20, 2015, USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center will host its 10th annual Native American Studies Week in downtown Lancaster, SC.  Since 2005, USCL has hosted a week of events each spring focused on the rich history and cultural traditions of South Carolina’s indigenous peoples. This year’s program focuses on literature, languages, and oral traditions of Native Americans in the Southeast and beyond. The program will include lectures by regionally- and nationally-recognized scholars, exhibits that highlight these topics, and additional programs.

USC Lancaster’s NAS Week will kick-off with a monthly Lunch and Learn lecture on Friday, Mar. 20, at the USCL Native American Studies Center. Dean Alice Taylor-Colbert of USC Union will speak at noon on the Cherokee Ridge family, which included controversial Cherokee leader and lawmaker Major Ridge and his nephews, editor Elias Boudinot and Confederate general Stand Watie.  Highlights of the rest of the week include a discussion of the poetry of Kiowa author N. Scott Momaday, a talk on oral history work with Native elders in North Carolina, and a presentation on early 18th-century writer, explorer, and naturalist John Lawson.  The NAS Center will also be partnering with the USCL Chemistry Club to present a public lecture by chemist Art Greenberg on the chemistry involved in making Catawba Indian pottery.

Two new exhibits will open during this year’s NAS Week: one a photography exhibit highlighting the late 20th –century Catawba Indian renaissance; the other examining Southeastern Native languages. Each exhibit will include discussions by the curators and artists. And as in the past, the NAS Center will host a day-long festival and art and craft sale the Saturday of NAS Week (Mar. 21) from 9am to 4pm. The festival will include dance and drum demonstrations, Native American artists and craftspeople showing and selling their works, and tours of the NAS Center exhibits.

All events will be held at the USCL Native American Studies Center at 119 S. Main Street, in Lancaster or on the main campus of USC Lancaster.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, call the Native American Studies Center (NASC) at 803/313-7172, e-mail to ( or visit (

10th Annual Native American Studies Week Schedule of Events – Friday, Mar. 20 through Friday, Mar. 27, 2015

Mar. 20, noon-12:45pm – “Cherokee Crossings: The Ridge Family and Cultural Change”.  Lunch and Learn Lecture by Dean Alice Taylor Colbert, NASC Room 106

Mar. 21, 9am-4pm – Native American Studies Week Festival – Events located throughout the NASC

Mar. 23, at 11am – “Myth and Reality in N. Scott Momaday’s Poetry”. Lecture by Dr. Jim Charles, NASC Room 106

Mar. 24, at 11am – “North Carolina Indian Elders Oral History Project”. Lecture by Dr. Susan Gardner, Bundy Auditorium, Bradley Building USCL main campus.

12:15pm – “The Chemistry of Catawba Indian Pottery”. Lecture by Dr. Art Greenberg, Bundy Auditorium, Bradley Building, USCL main campus. (Co-sponsored by the USCL Chemistry Club)

Mar. 25, 4-6pm – Exhibit Opening Reception and Gallery Talk by Professors Catherine Bauknight and Claudia Heinemann Priest, NASC Gallery.

4pm – Gallery Talk by Claudia Heinemann Priest

5pm – Gallery Talk by Catherine Bauknight

Mar. 26, at 7pm – “The Lawson Trek: A New Voyage to Carolina”.  Lecture by Scott Huler, Bundy Auditorium, Bradley Building, USCL main campus

Mar. 27, at 9am – “Photography and Collecting History”.  Lecture/Workshop by Catherine Bauknight, NASC Room 106

8th Annual Carolina One Stop Shop Hop in Lancaster, SC, Rescheduled for Feb. 22, 2014

February 20, 2014

The 8th Annual Carolina One Stop Shop Hop has been rescheduled and will be held Feb. 22, 2014, on the campus of The University of South Carolina – Lancaster, Hubbard Drive and Hwy 9 Bypass, Lancaster, SC. The event will take place in  THE BRADLEY ARTS & SCIENCES BUILDING from 9am until 4pm.

There will be door prizes, a raffle for several gift baskets, and a sale of baked goods for snacking. Lots of fabric, patterns, yarns, vintage linens, buttons, felted wool, Feather Weight Sewing Machines and attachments, notions, tools and all sorts of quilting supplies.

Parking is free and admission is $3.00.

For more information to be a vendor or a shopper, e-mail to ( or (

Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Announces Upcoming Events

July 30, 2013


Artist in Residence: Catawba potter Caroleen Sanders will have works on view in the Center’s Main Gallery at Native American Studies Center August through November 2013.

Monthly Lunch and Learn  Lectures are offered on the Third Friday of the Month, from noon to 1pm, in the Native American Studies Center Classroom. Contact Brent Burgin by e-mail at (

An Arts and Craft Sale will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, from 9am until 4pm, at the NAS Center Native American Studies Center. Contact Brittany Taylor by e-mail at (

Native American Studies Week 2014 will be held from March 22 – 28, 2014, at the NAS Center Native American Studies Center. Contact Stephen Criswell by e-mail at (

Public Volunteer Archaeology Labs are held the First and Third Thursdays every month from 3-7pm in the Archaeology lab at the Native American Studies Center. Contact by e-mail is ( or visit (

For further info visit (

Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Kicks off 8th Annual USC Lancaster Native American Studies Week – Mar. 23, 2013

March 4, 2013

The Native American Studies Center in Lancaster, SC, Kicks off the 8th Annual USC Lancaster Native American Studies Week with a festival of Native American drumming, dancing, flute-playing, and a display of pottery on Saturday, Mar. 23, 2013, from 9am to 4pm, as USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center launches its 2013 Native American Studies Week.

Beginning Saturday morning at the NAS Center at 119 S. Main St. in Lancaster, guests will be treated to demonstrations of Native American performing arts, exhibits of Catawba and Cherokee pottery, and tours of the NAS Center. Pottery vendors will be on hand to show and sell their creations, and the Center will offer children’s activities, particularly a Catawba language puppet show.  Events are free and open to the public.

After the kick-off festival on Mar. 23 at the USCL Native American Studies Center on Main St. in Lancaster, organizers will begin a week of events focused on Native Americans, law, and justice. This year’s slate of speakers will discuss legal, political, and social justice issues, including the recent South Carolina/Cherokee adoption case of “Baby Veronica” (set to go before the Supreme Court this session), the saga of the Catawba fight for federal recognition and the subsequent land settlement, the Cherokee Removal under President Andrew Jackson, and the legal and social struggles of the Lumbee of North Carolina.

Events will be held at the USCL Native American Studies Center at 119 S. Main St, in Lancaster (except for the keynote address on Thur. Mar. 28, which will be held on the Bundy Auditorium on the USCL campus in Lancaster).

For an updated schedule of events, directions to the Center, or details on other 2013 NAS Week activities, visit the USCL website at ( or call 803/313-7172.

USC Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Opens Native American Studies Center – Oct. 4, 2012

September 17, 2012

On Oct. 4, 2012, the USC Lancaster Native American Studies Program in downtown Lancaster, SC, will host a public open house to inaugurate the opening of its new center.

Faculty and staff of this 15,000 square foot facility in historic downtown Lancaster invite the public to tour the new Native American Studies Center at 119 South Main Street from 5-7pm. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the NAS Center’s gallery spaces, archives, classrooms, and archaeology, language, and audio-visual labs. Refreshments will be provided and performers and artists will be on hand to demonstrate Native American traditions.

Artwork in the background by Fran Gardner; large wedding jug on the right by Earl Robbins (Duke Energy Collection); and small wedding jug on the left, teaching piece by Monty Branham and Evelyn George (Duke Energy Collection).

Through a partnership between USCL and the City of Lancaster, the Native American Studies Center was established to promote regional Native American art, culture, and history. Home to the world’s largest collection of Catawba Indian pottery, the NAS Center will offer exhibits of regional Native American Art, classes and programs focused on Native American history, culture, archaeology, folklore, and language.

Following the Oct. 4 open house, the NAS Center will be open Tue.-Wed., 10am-5pm; Thur., 10am-7pm; Fri.-Sat., 10am-5pm; Sun., 1-5pm; and Mon. by appointment. Both the public open house and regular admission are free.

For further details, call 803/313-7172, e-mail to (, or visit (




USC Lancaster in Lancaster, SC, Celebrates Native American Studies Week – Mar. 23-29, 2012

February 29, 2012

Native American  Education and Archaeology Highlighted during USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Week, Mar. 23-29, 2012, in Lancaster, SC.

Demonstrations and exhibits of Native American arts and crafts, a Saturday cultural festival, lectures, films, and a day-long archaeology conference will be featured as USCL celebrates is seventh annual Native American Studies Week. This year’s free and public events are linked to the week’s theme, “Native Knowledge: Looking Back—Moving Forward,” as scholars and guests examine Native American history and culture, particularly in regard to education. The week kicks off on Friday Mar. 23 with a day-long conference highlighting work conducted by archaeologists from area educational institutions. Archaeologists from UNC, USC, Winthrop University, and USC Lancaster will discuss work conducted in the Catawba/Wateree Valley, covering over a thousand years of occupation, settlement, exploration, and colonization.

Events continue Saturday with a Native American festival, featuring drummers, dancers, arts and crafts vendors, and educational and children’s activities, including a Catawba language puppet show. Monday Mar. 26 features a day of lectures and panel discussions, beginning with a talk by Dr. Will Goins, educator and CEO of the Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois, United Tribes of South Carolina.  The lecture will focus on the little-known history of Native American schools in South Carolina. While the history of segregation-era schools established for white and African-American citizens is well known, few are familiar with the schools created for Native American students, who were often ignored in the b-racial South (This topic will be continued on Wednesday with lectures by USCL Archivist Brent Burgin and UNC Pembroke Sociologist Michael Spivey). Monday afternoon will feature a panel discussion on Native American mascots in high school, college, and professional sports.

On Tuesday and Thursday, USCL faculty will screen films on Native American boarding schools to compliment Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s respective lectures by Dr. Goins, Professor Burgin, and Dr. Spivey. On Wednesday, leaders from South Carolina’s various tribal groups will be on campus to discuss issues important to their respective communities, and at 2:30pm, the campus will host a public meeting of the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Native American Advisory Committee. Native American Studies Week 2012 closes out on Thursday afternoon with a lecture by anthropologist Sarah Quick, who will discuss Native American musical traditions, and an opening reception to highlight USCL’s new exhibit of Native American traditional arts.

USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Week events are free and open to the public. USCL’s Native American Studies Program is supported, in part, by a grant from the Charlotte Area Educational Consortium.

USC Lancaster 2012 Native American Studies Week Schedule of Activities

Friday March 23 – Conference on Archaeology in the Catawba/Wateree Valley

9am – 4pm – Bundy Auditorium

Saturday March 24 – Native American Arts and Culture Festival

9am – 3pm – Bradley Building

Monday March 26 – Dr. Will Goins, “Cherokee Indians of South Carolina.”

10am – 11am – Bradley 102
12:30pm – 2:30pm – Panel Discussion on Native American Mascots – Bundy Auditorium

Tuesday March 27 – Professor Brent Burgin, “South Carolina’s Native American Schools”

9:30am – 10:30am – Bundy Auditorium
11am – Noon – Dr. Michael Spivey, “Native American Schools in the Carolinas” – Bundy Auditorium
1 – 3pm – Native American Film Series – Stevens Auditorium
5:30pm – 7:30pm – Native American Film Series – Stevens Auditorium

Wednesday March 28 – Photography, Grant Writing, and Genealogy Workshops

9am – Noon – Location: TBA
Noon – 2:30pm – Roundtable with South Carolina Tribal Leaders – Carole Ray Dowling Center

Thursday March 29 – Native American Art Exhibit Gallery Tours

9am and 11am – Bradley Atrium
1 – 3:00pm – Native American Film Series – Bundy Auditorium
4 – 5pm – Dr. Sarah Quick “Native American Musical Traditions” – Medford 212
5 – 5:45pm – Native American Art Exhibit Gallery Opening – Bradley Atrium

For more information, contact Dr. Stephen Criswell, Director of Native American Studies, at 803/313-7108 or by e-mail at ( For full schedule, updates, and additions, visit (