The Upcountry History Museum in Greenville, SC is currently featuring an exhibit on Catawba Indian culture and pottery titled The Language of Clay. The exhibit will be on display through June 24, 2011. Parts of the exhibits, including several oral histories, were developed by the University of South Carolina Lancaster with support from a Major Grant from SC Humanities.
The Language of Clay explores the history of the Catawba people through their pottery and oral histories and includes rarely exhibited pottery from famous Catawba potters. The exhibit was curated by the University of South Carolina Lancaster. SC Humanitiesgave a Major Grant to USC Lancaster to collect and transcribe oral histories of the Catawba people, and several of these oral histories are included in the exhibit.
The University of South Carolina Lancaster has a strong Native American Studies program that includes the Thomas J. Blumer Catawba Research Collection at USCL’s Medford Library. For more information, visit the website: http://usclancaster.sc.edu/nas/index.html.
For more information about the Upcountry History Museum, visit: http://www.upcountryhistory.org/.
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