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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.



Upcoming Events



Contemporary Artist- in - Residence

Join us for our new Contemporary Artist-in-Residence program, featuring Catawba artist Alex Osborn! Through August, Osborn will demonstrate his work with photography, digital collage, and drawing, creating an evolving art installation in the Center’s Five Points Gallery. By the end of summer, Osborn plans to have five digitally-created pieces of artwork that show Catawba heritage and culture through a contemporary lens.

Osborn will cover a variety of topics in his presentations, including traditional Catawba artforms, artistic mediums he works with, identity through art, cultural documentation, contemporary art in Catawba and Native American culture today, and more. 

Artist-in-Residence events can be viewed live via Zoom, using the registration links provided below: 

Saturday, Aug 7, 2 - 4 pm
Thursday, Aug 12 , 6 - 8 pm


This work is supported by a RISE grant from the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of South Carolina. For more details, visit or call (803) 313-7172. 



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Learn With Us

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.