In partnership with the Catawba Indian Nation, The Charlotte Museum of History will host an Indigenous Peoples Week-Long Celebration November 9 – 14. The free, family-friendly events will stream live on the museum’s Facebook and YouTube channels, offering a daily immersion into various aspects of Indigenous culture, including pottery, dance, food and agriculture.

Want reminders and readily accessible links to tune in to the events throughout the week? Simply enter your email in the form to the right. Please note, the Lunch & Learn program on Friday, November 13, 2020 requires pre-registration. Click the button below to register.

Program Schedule:


Drumming & Dancing in the Catawba Indian Nation

Monday, Nov. 9, at noon

The Catawba People have long used drumming and dancing as a way to recount their history and traditions. Kassidy Plyler, coordinator for the Catawba Cultural Center, explores the history of this art form and its importance to Catawba life.


Town Creek Indian Mound State Historic Site and the long history of Native American Peoples in the Carolina Piedmont.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, at noon

Town Creek Indian Mound is a State Historic Site in central North Carolina. The site has been the focus of archaeological research for more than 50 years and has provided critical information for our understanding of early inhabitants of this region.


Veterans Day and the Catawba Indian Nation.

Wednesday, Nov. 11, at noon

Native Peoples have been an integral part of the American Armed Forces since the country’s founding. U.S. Army veteran and member of the Catawba Indian Nation Keith Brown joins Charlotte Museum of History president & CEO Adria Focht for a special Veterans Day conversation.


Reviving Traditions.

Thursday, Nov. 12, at noon

Over the last few years, the Catawba People have been working to revive many of the traditions lost due to the anti-Native policies of the 19th and 20th centuries. Representatives of the Catawba Cultural Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina will share what their research has uncovered.


Lunch & Learn: Catawba Pottery: Tradition & Innovation.

Friday, Nov. 13, at noon – ** Registration required for this event**

Pottery-making has been an integral part of Catawba identity for more than 4,000 years. Techniques have always been passed down from master to apprentice. Chief of the Catawba Indian Nation Bill Harris and his student, Elizabeth Harris, will put on a live demonstration of this historic art form and its modern innovations.


Native American Studies Center & the Folk Traditions of the Catawba People.

Saturday, Nov. 14 at noon

The University of South Carolina at Lancaster Native American Studies Center is home to the single largest collection of Catawba Indian pottery in existence and has a mission focused on sharing and interpreting Native American history and culture. In a short presentation, Stephen Criswell, Ph.D., director of Native American studies, will share some of the many Catawba folk traditions.