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  • The Native American Studies Center

Native American Studies Center

Established in August of 2012, this comprehensive center for the study of South Carolina’s Native American peoples, their histories, and their cultures offers visitors the opportunity to view the single largest collection of Catawba Indian pottery in existence; study primary and secondary texts on Native Americans in the Southeast; participate in educational classes and programs; and observe archaeology, language, and folklore and oral history labs.


Center Fully Reopens to Guests

The Center is open on a normal operating schedule for visitors. Effective, March 21, please note the following information before your visit: 

We look forward to welcoming you back!

Masks or face coverings are strongly encouraged for entry to the Center.

• Guests are encouraged to make use of the hand sanitizing station upon entry.

• Guests are also encouraged to stay home if feeling unwell and to maintain a distance of 6-feet between their party and others. 

• In order to maintain social distancing and safety protocols, advance reservations are required for large tour groups. Tour groups may call the Center at (803) 313-7172 to schedule an appointment time to visit.

• Walk-up tour groups without appointments will be limited to 10 people.

• As school policies around our region vary regarding field trips, educators are encouraged to check back with the Center in the coming months to determine availability for field trips. 

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Since 2005, we've been developing curriculum and public programs that educate the public about Native American art and culture, with an emphasis on the Catawba and other Native communities in South Carolina. Students at USC Lancaster and visitors to our Center can learn about art, American Indian literature and culture, Native American archaeology, folklore, anthropology, and oral traditions. Plans are underway to offer additional Native American literature courses, a course in Native American language, and additional courses taught through Palmetto College.


Meet Our Supporters 

The USCL Native American Studies Center has received support from the City of Lancaster, USC Lancaster, the Educational Foundation of USC Lancaster, and Duke Energy. Programming has been supported by grants from the SC Arts Commission, the Humanities Council SC,  the National Endowment for the Arts, the Offices of the USC Provost and Vice President for Research, the SC Budget and Control Board, the Lancaster County Council of the Arts, the SC Department of Archives and History, and the Charlotte Area Educational Consortium.


Mission Statement

The mission of USC Lancaster Native American Studies is to promote the documentation, preservation, appreciation, and study of Native American cultures and heritages. This mission is aided by courses and curricula, research projects, archival resources, exhibits, publications, and other public and educational programs and  materials developed by USCL faculty and staff. The Center works to dispel any stereotypes or existing misconceptions regarding Native Americans, their cultures, life ways, and languages.