Language of Clay: Catawba Indian Pottery and Oral Tradition

8/8/23 - 11/4/23

Based on collections at the University of South Carolina Lancaster’s Native American Studies Center, the Language of Clay exhibit examines Catawba Indian pottery through contemporary and historical stories.  These stories focus on the c. 1900’s to present through highlighting the history of the Catawba Indian Nation and the connections between their pottery and their oral traditions.  The pieces selected demonstrate the evolution of styles and traditions that are in many ways distinctive between potters and their mentors.