A piece from the Dr. Samuel R. Poliakoff Collection of Western Art housed in the Abbeville County Library. Image courtesy of SCPRT.
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 basketmaking.
- 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.
|Edisto Indian Cultural Festival in Ladison, SC. Image from flickr user Reellady.|
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.
Native American Culture
Learn about the culture of Native American tribes in South Carolina.
- Native Land, Native People
Explore the native people of America and South Carolina.
- 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."
- South Carolina's Native American Tribes
A complete list of South Carolina's Native American tribes.