Larry's Look | Catawba Indian Nation

Larry's Look | Catawba Indian Nation

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by LARRY SPRINKLE / NBC Charlotte

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WCNC.com

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 10:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 5 at 10:41 AM

YORK, S.C. -- York County is home to the only federally recognized tribe of Native Americans in South Carolina. 

They are known as the Catawba Indian Nation, they have been in that area for thousands of years. 

Their name in the Catawba language is Ye Iswa---“people of the river."  The tribe occupies a 640-acre reservation near the town of  Rock Hill.

The Catawba Indian Nation's greatest legacy may be its beautiful pottery, made in simple, elegant style that is instantly recognizable.

Production and sale of pottery is not a "new" phenomenon. The Catawba continue to make pottery using the traditional technique, making in an on going link with the tribe's past.

They ensure that Catawba pottery will remain the oldest art form still produced in the state of South Carolina.

On NBC Charlotte Today, Larry took us on a tour of the Catawba Cultural Center.

This facility, on the reservation, has special displays showing the history of the Catawba Indians plus a great collection of pottery, some which is on sale in their gift shop. While there he got all the details on South Carolina’s largest Native American gathering---the 4th Annual Pow Wow.

For all the details, go to:  www.catawbapowwow.com

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