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The Language of Clay

The Language of Clay

Catawba Indian Pottery & Oral Traditions

*This exhibit is no longer on display*

Pottery making is the single most unbroken material tradition of the Catawba Nation's long history and is still done with methods handed down through generations. The Language of Clay features dozens of clay pottery pieces created by Catawba artisans from the 19th century to the present that represent various Catawba traditions and legends. The exhibit also highlights oral histories and stories from those who are preserving pottery-making traditions. The Language of Clay: Catawba Indian Pottery & Oral Traditions is a traveling exhibition, organized by the University of South Carolina Lancaster.

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