Arts and Culture 2011

Amy Holtcamp

SOUTH CAROLINA INSIDER

 

Native American Heritage celebrated at Hagood Mill

Posted 11/21/2011 5:18:00 AM

One of the most unique and memorable cultural experiences that I’ve had in South Carolina was when I attended a powwow in Rock Hill. The colorful regalia, the energetic dancing and a whole stadium of people stomping, cheering and relishing Native American culture was extraordinary.

A similar, more intimate celebration was held this past weekend at Selugadu V: A Native American Celebration at Hagood Mill in the Upcountry.

“Selugadu” is Cherokee for cornbread, and the event celebrated Native American influences on S.C. culture through a program of drumming, dancing, singing, storytelling and more.

The event even offered visitors the chance to dance along with performers from the Reedy River Intertribal and Native groups from across the state.

Selugadu also showcased the Foothills Indian Horse Club and their Colonial Spanish horses. The American Indian Horse is descended from the first horses brought by the Spaniards to the New World. These beautiful horses are similar to western wild horses. On Saturday, children were invited to join in the Plains Indians tradition of “painting” their horses with handprints.