"THE HISTORICAL SENSE INVOLVES A PERCEPTION, NOT ONLY OF THE PASTNESS OF THE PAST, BUT OF ITS PRESENCE.” –T.S. Eliot, "Tradition and the Individual Talent". Catawba Indian pottery, while less familiar than its Southwestern counterparts and many other traditional American Indian art forms, is recognized by many scholars as the oldest continuous ceramics tradition east of the Mississippi and by collectors as a tradition which often features, paradoxically, strict adherence to tradition and vibrant creativity and innovation. [image: water jar with pointed handles, by Georgia Harris]


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