Sara Ayers. Jar with Heads. 1987. Clay 12" x 9" x 9". Image courtesy of the SC Arts Commission.
Learn about Native American culture both before European contact and today.
Native American artists in South Carolina make pottery, weaving, and other arts.
- Catawba Pottery
Each month features a different potter from the Catawba Nation with examples of their art.
- Georgia Harris and Catawba Indian Pottery
Georgia Harris was a Catawba Indian and native of Lancaster, SC who used traditional techniques and forms.
- Nancy Basket
Nancy Basket makes and teaches traditional Cherokee basket making.
- Native American Art
Explore Native American art from different regions of the United States.
- The Blacksnake in Catawba Indian Art and Culture
Find out what the blacksnake symbolizes in Catawba pottery, art, and folklore.
Explore the food traditions of Native Americans in South Carolina, before the Europeans and since.
- Cherokee Foodways in SC
Explore the history of cooking and foods of the Cherokee.
- Indian Food and Cooking in NC
The tribes of North Carolina 400 years ago would have had similar food culture to the Native American people of South Carolina.
- Cherokee Recipes
Cook from recipes passed down through the Cherokee, such as fry bread, kanuchi, and fried hominy.
Learn about the Cherokee or Tsalagi language and say O’siyo!
- Cherokee Language
Learn the history and writing of the Cherokee.
- Cherokee Words
Can you say Do hi tsu, or how are you?
- Cherokee Language
Learn more about the language of the Cherokee or Tsalagi people.
- Sacred Prayers Sacred Songs
Listen to Amazing Grace sung in Cherokee & Lakota.
These Native American tribes have all lived in South Carolina and are a state or federally recognized tribe.
Catawba Nation Today
Listen to the early memories of Beckee Garris, a citizen of the Catawba Nation of South Carolina.
Native American Culture
Learn about the culture of Native American tribes in South Carolina.
- Native Americans in South Carolina
Use this comprehensive guide to learn about the tribes that have lived in South Carolina throughout our history.
- Cherokee Games
Read about the games that Cherokees have played such as chunkey, Cherokee marbles, stickball, and more!
- Cherokee Indians (1927)
Watch this video from 1927 titled "Glimpses of Life Among the Catawba and Cherokee Indians of the Carolinas."
- Native American Studies Archive
View pictures of pottery, families, and homes from the Catawba Indian Reservation.