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USC Lancaster and its Native American Studies Committee have worked closely with the main campus in Columbia and many regional campuses of USC, the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project, community leaders from the state’s Native American communities, and regional arts and cultural agencies (for example, the SC State Museum, the USC McKissick Museum, The Schiele Museum, etc.) to develop plans for bringing greater attention to the history and culture of South Carolina’s indigenous peoples.

In 2006, the Native American Studies Ad Hoc Committee—currently named the Native American Studies Advisory Committee-- was formed to start building a pottery collection with the hope that one day it would become an important part of the center’s mission and future.   Through grants, donations, and sponsorships this collection has grown to include several individual collections – The Duke Energy Collection and the Thomas J. Blumer Collection just to name a few. Today, these collections combined total approximately one thousand, two hundred and sixty-four pottery pieces – one thousand, one hundred and sixty-two Catawba, thirty-seven Cherokee, and sixty-five Pamunkey – as well as archaeological artifacts and other Native American crafts.

For more information please contact:
Brittany Taylor, Instructor of Art and Curator of Collections
taylorbd@mailbox.sc.edu

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