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The Catawba Indians


The Catawba Indians Spanish explorer De Soto first wrote about and named the tribe that would later be known as the Catawba Indians, but the native people he met had lived in our region for centuries. Many of our landmarks are named for the Catawbas and the intersection of Trade and Tryon is said to be an ancient crossroads used by them and other Native Americans. We learn about the first people to live in our region and about the art and culture modern Catawba Indians still create. Guests Dr. Stephen Criswell - Director, Native American Studies, USC Lancaster Chris Judge - Assistant Director, Native American Studies, USC Lancaster Billie Ann McKellar - Archivist, Catawba Cultural Preservation Project and traditional Catawba Indian Potter *Photo Courtesy: "Group Catawba Indians Postcard" circa 1913 SCDL Collections Native American Studies Archive at USC Lancaster Catawba Cultural Preservation Project Catawba Indian Nation Photos | Pottery pieces of the Catawbas Click here to add and read comments