Catawba Indian Nation revives festival

May 16, 2019 GMT

ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — The Catawba Indian Nation is bringing back the Yap Ye Iswa, or Day of the Catawba, festival after a 12-year hiatus.

The free festival is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday at the Catawba Cultural Center.

The festival dates back to 1990 as a way to connect the tribal and non-tribal communities with the Catawba Indian Nation.

Festival-goers will get a taste of the tribe’s culture through performances by drummers and dancers to authentic Catawba songs. There also will be traditional art by Catawba artisans, pottery and beadwork demonstrations and traditional Native American food.


The Herald reports the Catawba Indian Nation is the only federally recognized tribe in South Carolina. Its reservation sits on about 700 acres (1.09 square miles) east of Rock Hill.


Information from: The Herald, http://www.heraldonline.com