Tales of Natchez Indians and Catawba Indians to be told Thursday

Published 12:02 am Monday, June 8, 2015

NATCHEZ — The tale of Natchez Indians and the Catawba Indians stretches back as far as the 1730s.

This tale will be explored Thursday as Miss-Lou residents will have the opportunity to learn about the historical relationship.

The Grand Village of the Natchez Indians will host a free program on the history of the Catawba Indians of South Carolina during the late 18th century, of whom the Natchez Indians lived amongst following their dispersal from Natchez in the 1730s.

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“The thing that’s going to be the most interesting to people in the area is to learn the relationship between the Natchez and Catawba Indians,” said Grand Village Director Lance Harris. “I’m curious about this relationship because it’s something I didn’t know a lot about.”

The program will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday and feature archaeologist David Cranford, who will discuss the difference in household arrangements within the Catawba Indian Nation during the early Federal Period while shedding light on their relationship with Natchez Indians.

“I think this will be a good series for people who are inclined to learn about archeology and history,” Harris said.

Early Catawba Indians lived in villages, which were surrounded by a wooden wall.

They were farmers who planted crops such as corn and squash along the banks of the Catawba River.

The Catawba Indians were known as a large, powerful group who waged war with neighboring tribes.

The Catawba Indian Nation is the only federally recognized tribe located in South Carolina. The modern day tribal lands are located in Your County, S.C.

Grand Village of the Natchez Indians is located on 400 Jeff Davis Blvd.