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Lunch and Learn: The Spark of Haliwa-Saponi Cultural Revitalization

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 12:00pm until 1:00pm

Although the word powwow has its origins in the Northeastern Algonquian peoples and originally described a spiritual healer, today powwow is the universal word used to describe intertribal gatherings which are held throughout North America. For the Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe of North Carolina the adoption of the powwow tradition sparked a cultural, spiritual, and political revitalization, which celebrated its recognition as Native peoples despite a social and governmental system intent on enforcing a black-white binary. In this presentation I describe how and why the Haliwa-Saponis and others have embraced the powwow culture as a means of cultural revitalization and why it is so important to the tribe and other Native peoples today. The tribe’s annual powwow is a homecoming, supports tribal sovereignty, generates revenue for the tribe’s programs and services, and encourages traditional arts and crafts, dance, singing, and language revitalization. Various Haliwa-Saponi dancers, crafts people, singers, and participants travel North America representing their tribe in the great cultural exchange that describes the modern-day powwow. Dr. Marvin M. Richardson, Haliwa-Saponi will share knowledge of powwow dancing and singing, as well as personal experience as a powwow dancer, singer, emcee, and participant of over forty years. For more details about this event, please visit the website here.

Location Details:

119 South Main St.
Lancaster, SC 29720
(803) 313-7172

The county of Lancaster, South Carolina, sits within the lands once held by the Catawba Indian Nation. The current Catawba Reservation lies about 15 miles from the campus of USC Lancaster. With strong geographical and historical ties to the Catawba, USC Lancaster has begun to develop curricular and public programs focused on Native American art and culture, with a special emphasis on the Catawba and other Native communities in South Carolina. The gardens are a site on the SC Ag + Art Tour. Open Tuesdays through Sundays, and Mondays by appointment. Admission is free.