What better way to start Native American Heritage Month than to head to the coast for the Waccamaw Indian People Arts Festival & Pauwau Saturday and Sunday?
The event celebrates the tribe’s history in the Pee Dee and Grand Strand, with events starting at 11 a.m. each day at the tribal grounds at 591 Bluewater Road in Aynor. The highlight is the Grand Entry, when groups parade wearing full regalia, at 1 and 6 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
That’s just the first of many events celebrating Native American heritage in South Carolina during November. Here are a few of the others:
Nov. 15: The Archaeological Society of South Carolina will host Archaeology Field Day at Croft Park Greenville. The event will include Indian artifact identification, stone tool-making and Catawba pottery demonstrations and traditional Cherokee dancers. Free, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Nov. 15: Cherokee Indian Tribe of SC Annual Harvest Celebration, Hagood Mill Historic Site & Folklore Center, Pickens, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Nov. 18: A public screening of the feature film “The Cherokee Word for Water” is scheduled at McKissick Museum at the University of South Carolina. A Skype Q&A with producer/director Charlie Soap follows the screening. Free, 7 p.m.
Nov. 18: S.C. Native American Awarness Day, State House, Columbia, noon-2 p.m.
Nov. 20-21 and 23: 17th Annual Native American Indian Film Festival, Tapps Arts Center, 1644 Main St., Columbia, Nov. 20-21, 6-10 p.m.; Conundrum Music Hall, 622 Meeting St., West Columbia, Nov. 23, noon-11 p.m.
Throughout the month: Four galleries at the Native American Studies Center at USC Lancaster are open Tuesdays through Saturdays. In addition to museum and art displays, there’s a Lunch and Learn Lecture on growing up on a reservation at noon on Nov. 14, and morning showings of Native American films Nov. 7, 14 and 21. Free.
Throughout the month: McKissick Museum’s exhibit “Traditions, Change and Celebration,” the first ever Museum exhibit curated by a S.C. Native American. Free.
Find more to do in our new events calendar at events.thestate.com.