A Catawba earthenware Chief's Head vessel
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All Items: Archives: Regional Art: Pre 1920: item # 842213
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|Several centuries ago, along the river that still bears their name, the Catawba occupied a large expanse of land that straddled both states of the Carolinas. Today their tribal home outside of Rock Hill, SC, is a mere one-mile-square reservation. But, the small size of their home has not constrained the size of their spirit. During the 1970s, the Catawba revitalized their cultural identity. By compiling historical accounts, holding pottery and language classes, and taking action to reclaim their tribal lands and gain Federal recognition, they began a new cultural awareness among themselves, which continues today. This old ceramic vessel, ca. 1910's, is a classic form decorated with the opposing, three-dimensional heads of a Catawba chief. Passed on within the Nation, the pottery tradition has survived contact with Europeans, wars, centuries of economic and cultural stress and contact with modern technology. Catawba pottery tradition endures as a tribal possession and remains one of the purest art forms of its kind. 8"H, the ceramic is basically intact but has some small abrasions and losses to the tips of each nose. Collected mid-20th century. From an old private, Florida collection. Rare to find this old and fine.|