Tribe to share heritage, history and more at museum

Members of the Waccamaw Siouan tribe will host a program with the Museum of Natural History in Whiteville Nov. 13.

The Waccamaw Siouan Powwow may have been cancelled the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but that is not stopping a great community of indigenous people from celebrating their heritage.  

November is American Indian Heritage Month, and the N. C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Whiteville will be partnering with the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe to honor the legacy of the tribe as well as educate the community on their contributions to the region. The partnership is a long-standing tradition between the two organizations.  

The annual powwow has been cancelled two years in a row due to the pandemic, but members of tribe have still been participating in local events, like these dancers at the 9/11 commemoration event. (Submitted photo)

The festivities will include traditional dancing demonstrations and booths showcasing the tribe’s knowledge and skills.

The public is invited to come and learn about the cultural significance of Waccamaw Siouan singing, dancing, drumming, and regalia.  

The museum will be offering hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities as well as some chemistry magic.  The event will be held outdoors on Saturday, Nov. 13 from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. Admission and parking are free.

For more information, call the museum at 910.788.5108 or email brian.wuertz@naturalsciences.org.

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