Native American Studies Week
2012 Native American Studies Week Photos
region we today know as South Carolina has a long and complex
history of Native American and European/Euro-American relations.
As one of the earliest points of contact between European explorers-DeSoto,
Pardo, De Allyon, etc.-the state’s indigenous population
was, consequentially, among the first to suffer the destructive
effects of colonialism. For over four centuries, South Carolina’s
Native groups have struggled to preserve their identity and maintain
their traditions. Many were unsuccessful, but others have managed
to hold on to their heritage and their traditions. Today, South
Carolina is home to
ten tribes or groups who have received (or
are in the process of receiving) recognition from the state,
and over a dozen other separate Native American communities.
These communities host powwows and festivals, foster traditional
arts and crafts, work to improve health care and education in
their regions, and strive to preserve their unique cultural heritage.
April, USC Lancaster’s Native American Studies Week events are
free and open to the public. USCL’s Native American Studies
Program is supported by grants from Duke Energy, the Humanities
Council SC, and the Lancaster County Arts Council.
For more information, contact Dr.
Director of Native American Studies, at 803-313-7108 or by email