FOLKfabulous festival to showcase Native American musicians, storytellers and artisans

The University of South Carolina’s McKissick Museum will present the second annual FOLKFabulous festival on August 23, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. in front of the Museum on USC’s historic Horseshoe. This event is free and open to the public.

FolkfabulousKeithBrownCatawbaPotterFOLKFabulous is the largest, single-day gathering of Southeastern Native American artists in the history of the University of South Carolina. The festival will feature Native American musicians, storytellers, artisans, and community leaders from more than six Southeastern tribes, each sharing their cultural traditions. Participating artists include Keith Brown demonstrating Catawba pottery (pictured right), Choctaw bead artist Roger Amerman, Tuscarora music by the Deer Clan Singers, and Cherokee storyteller and stonecarver Freeman Owle. Traditional food will be available from the Native American Café, and attendees will have numerous opportunities to talk with artists and community leaders.

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FOLKFabulous will open McKissick’s newest exhibition, Traditions, Change, and Celebration: Native Artists of the Southeast. This exhibit represents year two of McKissick’s Diverse Voices series, which celebrates the traditional arts and folkways of the Southeastern United States. The South is home to a wide variety of deeply-rooted Native American tribal groups, each with its own dynamic history. Traditions, Change, and Celebration pays particular attention to five primary culture groups: Iroquoian, Muskogean, Algonquin, Mobilian and Siouan, and features the expressive culture of more than 40 Natives tribes throughout the Southeast.

Related: McKissick Museum exhibition features artwork from 25 Native American tribal nations.

McKissick Museum is located on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe with available parking in the garage at the corner of Pendleton and Bull streets. All exhibits are free and open to the public.

For more information, call Ja-Nae Epps at (803) 777-2876. This program is funded in part through the support of the South Carolina Arts Commission and the Humanities CouncilSC.

Via: McKissick Museum