Friday, March 2, 2012

March 23-29: USCL's Native American Studies Week

Native American Education and Archaeology
Highlighted during USC Lancaster’s
Native American Studies Week
March 23rd-March 29th

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 March 23rd 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
March 26th 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 2:30 pm, 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

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

USC Lancaster 2012 Native American Studies Week

Schedule of Activities

Friday March 23rd
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Conference on Archaeology in the Catawba/Wateree Valley - Bundy Auditorium

Saturday March 24th
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Native American Arts and Culture Festival - Bradley Building

Monday March 26th
10:00 am – 11:00 am Dr. Will Goins, “Cherokee Indians of South Carolina.” - Bradley 102
12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Panel Discussion on Native American Mascots - Bundy Auditorium

Tuesday March 27th
9:30 am – 10:30 am Professor Brent Burgin, “SC’s Native American Schools” - Bundy Auditorium
11:00 am – Noon Dr. Michael Spivey, “Native American Schools in the Carolinas” - Bundy Auditorium
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Native American Film Series - Stevens Auditorium
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Native American Film Series - Stevens Auditorium

Wednesday March 28th
9:00 am – Noon Photography, Grant Writing, and Genealogy Workshops - Location: TBA
Noon – 2:30 pm Roundtable with South Carolina Tribal Leaders - Carole Ray Dowling Center

Thursday March 29th
9:00 am and 11:00 am Native American Art Exhibit Gallery Tours - Bradley Atrium
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Native American Film Series - Bundy Auditorium
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Dr. Sarah Quick “Native American Musical Traditions” - Medford 212
5:00 pm – 5:45 pm Native American Art Exhibit Gallery Opening - Bradley Atrium

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