Brethren of Spade & Pruning Knife: The Naturalists & the Carolinas

Brethren of Spade & Pruning Knife: The Naturalists & the Carolinas Presented by Ruth Miller. This presentation tells a story of international trade, natural history, and science from the days of exploration & colonization. This was a time of transfer, the movement of people, animals and plants; it is the Age of the Natural Historians … Read more

Can Nature Knowledge Save the World?

Can Nature Knowledge Save the World? Presented by Gail Wagner. What are the implications of Videophilia and Nature Deficit Disorder for the future of our world? Studies of children and South Carolina college students reveal the relationships between knowing nature, knowing the names of plants, human health, and conservation of biodiversity. Click here for the … Read more

Indian Gardens

Indian Gardens Presented by Gail Wagner. You might be surprised to learn that corn, beans, and squash were not always important and that eastern North American Indians once depended on the now-extinct crops of marshelder, goosefoot, and maygrass. Learn about Indian gardens through time, find out how plants were domesticated, and discover the role of … Read more

Use of Plants by American Indians

Use of Plants by American Indians Presented by Gail Wagner. This slide show focuses on the uses of plants by Indians for food, drink, medicine, fiber, smoking, construction, and even poison and is based on both archaeological evidence and historic accounts. The show can also be combined with a 1-2 hour outside walk and talk … Read more

Colonial Encounters

Colonial Encounters Presented by Gail Wagner. What happens to people’s diets when two worlds collide? Find out how life changed for the Indians in South Carolina following European exploration and settlement 1520-1730. Why were some crops adopted, and how did the encounter change the Europeans? Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.

Cofitachequi: A Chiefdom

Cofitachequi: A Chiefdom Presented by Gail Wagner. What is a chiefdom, the type of society encountered by de Soto when he visited South Carolina in 1540? Find out what recent digs have revealed about the late prehistoric Indians who lived in central South Carolina, in the vicinity of Camden. Click here for the Speakers Bureau … Read more

What is a Vegetable?

What is a Vegetable? Presented by Gail Wagner. Wait a minute – don’t we all know what is a vegetable? Or do we? Discover what we’ve learned from over 600 interviews. Do we agree on a definition of vegetable, and do we agree on which foods are vegetables? The answers will surprise you. Click here … Read more

Why Garden?

Why Garden? Presented by Gail Wagner. Why do South Carolinians grow vegetables, and how does their ethnic background affect what they grow? You might be surprised to learn about the intangible benefits as voiced by local gardeners and to learn why some plants have special meaning. Click here for the Speakers Bureau Application.

The Anthropology of Dance

The Anthropology of Dance Presented by L. M. Drucker. What in the world are they doing? As an art form, dance is almost universally appreciated, if not always understood. Understanding, though, is basic to communication, and dance is, above all, a form of non-verbal communication. Understanding the cultural context and history around dance can create … Read more