In observance of Native American Heritage Month, we invite you to join us for a special weekend of milling, memories, and a Native American Celebration at the Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens, SC on Saturday, November 21, 2020. Saturday’s events kickoff at 10 AM. This very popular annual event celebrates Native American history and influences in the Upcountry. A number of tribal groups will be represented, including some born and raised in the Upcountry, as well as those who have made South Carolina their home.
Visitors and guest performers will participate in the festivities of the day which will include: traditional drumming, singing, dancing, Native American flute playing, storytelling, Cherokee hymns in the Cherokee language, and traditional crafts. Demonstrations will be going on all day throughout the Mill Site including traditional Cherokee blow-gun demonstrations, traditional Catawba pottery making, bead work, basket making, flint-napping, finger-weaving, bow and arrow shooting and more. Many of the participants will have traditional handmade crafts for sale as well. Demonstrations of food-way traditions such as stone grinding of cornmeal, cooking fry-bread, and roasting corn will take place throughout the day. Barry Crawford’s prehistoric cooking demonstration using ancient soapstone bowls is too artful to be missed. Members from the Foothills Archaeology Society will be on site to identify Native American stone tools and artifacts. Be sure to bring your treasure to be identified!