SC Folk Heritage Book Project
A Comprehensive Publication focused on South Carolina culture. The Co-Editor’s are Dr. Will Moreau Goins of ECSIUT and Saddler Taylor, Chief Curator of Folk life & Fieldwork, Univeristy of South Carolina (Mckissick Museum). USC Printing.
The contributors to this book project are presently being selected by invitation.
The Authors/contributors are academic scholarly contributors and folklorists, whose areas of expertise include art, literature, anthropology, religion, and more….(the entries) will make fascinating reading on topics as diverse as “baskets,” Low Country foodways , Cherokee Heritage and Culture, art, Catawba Pottery, dance expressions, shape note music , split oak basketry , sermons, and Gullah Narrative/Storytelling. The expected result is a comprehensive overview of South Carolina culture and folklore. Hopefully this Folklore Book Project will result in a comprehensive, straightforward introduction to folklore in South Carolina as it is lived, shared and practiced in contemporary settings. There are hopes that it will also be a resource highlighting all the South Carolina Folk Heritage Awardees since 1987 (ie. singer James Brown, & Drink Small – to- Gulla Basket Weaver Mary Jackson).
Drawing on examples from throughout the state of South Carolina and from all the many diverse cultural groups, communities and ethnicities and experiences, this text will give the student, or interested scholar a strong foundation in South Carolina culture as it is practiced and experienced from historical and contemporary times. We are trying to include scholars and contributors that have been in the various fields and are recounting their fieldwork, activities, ethnographically collected interviews, to theories, and interpretive nature of the “state of these art forms in SC today.”
The book will be divided into various parts covering material culture, medicine, beliefs and practices, customs, play and recreation lore, speech, legends, ballad and song, instrumental traditions and music collecting, and folk communities. We will feature – material culture, customary lore, narrative, linguistics, etc…. The book will be hardcover with high quality B/W images. Max word count is 120,000.
Prospective Timeline (Tentative)
15DEC11 – submit revised table of contracts with authors and topic
31OCT12 – submission deadline for articles to be reviewed by us
FEB13 – submission deadline for edited articles to USC Press
FEB14 – publication date
SC Media Project (SCMP)
Established by The Eastern Cherokee, Southern Iroquois & United Tribes of SC, Inc. to create films & videos and historical documentation about South Carolina natives, to preserve the stories, archive & document the Native American Indian communities and create partnerships with those communities by providing audio and video equipment, computers accessability and website development and providing opportunities for training enabling marginalized Native American indigenous communities in South Carolina to create their own media. Through the SCMP, SC’s Native American Indigenous youth with little formal education in communications and media, will be provided the opportunity to assist and gain experience in the field of communications while serving as interns and production assistants for SCMP as SCMP produces videos, films and archival documentaries on SC’s Native American Indian Tribal history, communities & Nations that are State Recognized, agricultural histories, autonomous education ( Native American Indian segregated schools), SC Native American Indian Arts expression, traditional healing and the history of their struggle for cultural preservation, survival and recognition in SC. Films will focus on topics related to information literacy, preservation of information, historic preservation, language preservation, revitalization of historic Native American neighborhoods and communities, Tribal government in all 13 recognized Native American Indian communities and nations in SC, documentation of the cultural and performing arts in these communities, and also on themes related to focuses on community concerns such as parenting and early childhood education, public health, HIV and AIDS, job motivation and entrepreneurship, particularly for youth. The Films, videos and media created by the SCMP project will be created to raise public awareness and will be made available for all SC universities, museums, and film and video festivals worldwide and to SC Educational TV.
21st Century Community Learning Centers Network of South Carolina American Indian Tribal Centers as Community Technology Centers
will be the first time in the history of South Carolina that American Indian communities will linked to each other by technology in a network to discuss the important issues, adult education, continuing education classes, genealogy research, of historic preservation, historic real estate development, fund raising for historic preservation, building rehabilitation, developing State-wide curriculum on ethnic heritage for school children, and revitalization of historic Native American neighborhoods and communities. The project will demonstrate an innovative, culturally relevant, and multigenerational education, outreach, and “in-reach” program which will improve access and application of information technology through the development of tribal human resource infrastructure and self-sufficiency skills.
Development of the Native Pathways – Cherokee Heritage Trail of South Carolina’s lower Villages and expansion of the Website at Clemson University
Reprint & distribution at all visitor centers of “SC Native Pathways: Visitors Guide to American Indian Heritage & Historic Sites in South Carolina” ( ongoing) The development of a Native American Heritage Corridor can contribute in significant ways to South Carolina’s heritage tourism product. It can also help expand the target markets of the region, help the economy of the Upstate and engage the more than six thousand Cherokee who are now living and working in South Carolina. Yes the Cherokee Indians are still residents in these areas. ECSIUT Cherokee Indian Tribe of SC is “state recognized” and more importantly the archeological and anthropological record is relevant and important to these descendents. Their culture, traditions, music and arts and crafts can help bring to life South Carolina’s early history and help promote the State as an exciting and diverse tourism destination.