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Native American Studies Week

Each November, USC Lancaster hosts the annual signature event, Native American Studies Week. Through the efforts of the NAS faculty, staff, and committee, USCL offers a series of events celebrating local Native American history, culture, art, music, and dance on campus and at the Center.

Native American Studies Week 2021- “Indigenous Contributions in STEAM”

Our 16th Annual Native American Studies Week is back! Celebrating Indigenous contributions to the field of STEAM, the week’s events include an art exhibit reception, an artist talk, a lecture on Native American food and foodways, programs on the chemistry of pottery and Indigenous medicine and health practices, and more! Events, both hybrid and in-person, are free and open to the public. 

Please note whether events will take place at the Center or online. To attend the events online, please register at the Zoom links below. For more information, or to sign up to reserve your spot for in-person events, call (803) 313-7172 or email Please note that all in-person events have a limited capacity due to COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Monday, Nov. 15, 12:15 p.m.

“The Chemistry of Catawba Indian Pottery”

Presented via Zoom and Facebook Live.

Dr. Art Greenberg, Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of New Hampshire, discusses the science of art in this presentation analyzing the chemistry of Catawba pottery. Presented in conjunction with USC Lancaster’s Chemistry Club.



Tuesday, Nov. 16, Noon

“Medicine among the Aztecs”

Presented in person, via Zoom, and via Facebook Live.

Dr. Kim Richardson, USC Lancaster Associate Professor of History, explores the complexities of medicine, childbirth, sanitation, diseases, and other issues within the Aztec Empire to discover what can be learned and applied to current concerns. 



Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2:00 p.m.

“Scientific Discoveries: Indigenous Inventions Through the Ages” Special Reception

Presented in person, via Zoom, and via Facebook Live.

This exhibit explores the contributions of Indigenous inventors and innovators to the field of STEAM.



Thursday, Nov. 18, 6:00 p.m.

Artist Talk: An Evening with Alex Osborn 

Presented in person, via Zoom, and via Facebook Live.

Alex Osborn (Catawba), the Center’s summer Contemporary Artist-in-Residence, presents a talk about his work with photography, digital collage, and drawing, and his completed art installation in the Center’s Five Points Gallery. 



Friday, Nov. 19, Noon

Lunch and Learn: “Indigenous Science and the Three Sisters Diet”

Presented in person, via Zoom, and via Facebook Live.

Chef and culinary educator Dave Smoke-McCluskey (Mohawk) discusses the science of nixtamalization and its impact on the agricultural Indigenous diet.