12/05/2022
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(WHITEVILLE, N.C.) — Come celebrate American Indian Heritage Month with the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville on Saturday, November 26, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  Highlights of the day’s festivities include traditional dancing demonstrations and booths on indigenous knowledge, skills, and food. Learn about the cultural significance of Waccamaw Siouan singing, dancing, drumming and regalia. Plus, there will be hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities, led by museum staff and the Waccamaw Siouan Stem Studio. Eat fry-bread and other foods of cultural significance, browse art vendors, and learn about the tribe’s rich history of quilting. This free in-person event will be held outdoors and includes something for all ages to enjoy. The event will happen rain or shine. Should inclement weather require it, the event will move indoors.

The Museum is proud to partner with the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe, the longest-standing caretakers of the land on which the Museum stands. This event honors their heritage as well as their vibrant contributions to our region today. This event also continues a tradition of cooperation between the Museum and the Waccamaw Siouan Indians and serves to highlight and celebrate the rich traditions and cultures present in southeastern NC. The partnership has infused information about the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe into museum exhibits, including new labels for the Whispering Giant Statue and a panel in the traveling “Race: Are We So Different?” exhibit currently on display.

Admission and parking are free. For more information, please contact the Museum at 910.788.5108 or brian.wuertz@naturalsciences.org.

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The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville is a free science museum with interactive exhibits, outdoor learning and play areas, and collections featuring the nature of Southeastern NC. The Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm. The Museum provides group tours and classes, public events and programs, and rental space. Contact the Museum at 910.788.5100 for more information regarding programs.