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Webinar: Crisis in Catawba Territory: Catawba Indian Women’s Interactions with Catawba and Non-Catawba Men, 1789-1828

November 16, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

In this online event, Brooke Bauer will examine Catawba women’s interactions with the men in their world during a period of crisis. She will expand on our understanding of the roles and responsibilities that Catawba women held within their society concerning Catawba land. Oral history, combined with written sources, enhance our knowledge of Catawba women’s responses to the men they encountered. Whether they were Catawba men who held them in high esteem or were land-hungry South Carolina councilmen, hostile landless settlers, curious academics, or frightened Irishmen, women had a voice in their daily lives.  

About the Presenter

Brooke Bauer is a citizen of the Catawba Nation of South Carolina, an Assistant Professor of History at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, and Co-Director of Native American Studies at USCL. Her research and teaching interests center on Native American history, Early American History, women’s history, and Indigenous material culture. Bauer’s research concentrates on Catawba women’s crucial role in nation-building from the mid-sixteenth to the mid-nineteenth centuries. She examines the ways that Catawba Indian’s female ancestors adapted to an evolving geopolitical space, a world shattered by Indian slavery, warfare, disease, and population dislocation and decline. Bauer’s work reveals that some Catawba traditions persisted because of those women who helped to build the Catawba Nation that we know today.






Historic Photo Source: The Columbia Photography Studio (Columbia, S.C.) – https://siris-archives.si.edu/ipac20/ipac.jsp?session=150L194B55528.4357&profile=all&source=~!siarchives&view=subscriptionsummary&uri=full=3100001~!32203~!56&ri=1&aspect=subtab157&menu=search&ipp=20&spp=20&staffonly=&term=catawba&index=.GW&uindex=&aspect=subtab157&menu=search&ri=1

A Catawba (American Indian) family in South Carolina taken in 1908.


November 16, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Swannanoa Valley Museum & History Center