Native festival brings cultures together


By Kasie Strickland - [email protected]



Friends wait for their turn to dance.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Cherokee, Ojibwa, Catawba, Creek and Wassamassaw tribal heritages made up just a portion of the rich diversity present at the mill.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Keepers of the Word, a drumming group from Saint George, S.C., set the stage pounding drums and chanting.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

The Native American Celebration continues to be one of the most popular events at Hagood Mill which is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10-4 p.m. year round.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

The celebration is hosted in honor of Native American Heritage Month and featured traditional dress, dancing, music as well as a great variety of different tribal groups.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Friendship and tolerance between cultures was one of the main themes at Saturday’s celebration.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Dancers strutted, hopped and fluttered their arms like birds to the beat of the drums as feathers tucked in strands of hair waved about and soft moccasin covered feet twirled in the grass.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Dressed in traditional Comanche attire.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

The Native American Celebration at Hagood Mill.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Thousands showed up for the annual celebration of Native American history and culture.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

A friendship dance had performers and attendees alike joining hands and moving to the beat of the drums.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Although the event was free, all proceeds from the parking fee went to support the mill and the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

A young girl demonstrates the Crow Hop.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Thousands of people turned up from all over the Upstate to celebrate the Native American Celebration at Hagood Mill on Saturday.


Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

PICKENS — Thousands of people turned up from all over the Upstate to celebrate the Native American Celebration at Hagood Mill on Saturday.

The celebration is hosted in honor of Native American Heritage Month and featured traditional dress, dancing, music as well as a great variety of different tribal groups — some traditionally from the area, others who have made the Upstate their home.

The drums alone could be heard echoing for miles.

Cherokee, Ojibwa, Catawba, Creek and Wassamassaw tribal heritages made up just a portion of the rich diversity present at the mill with many offering demonstrations about ancestral customs and practices such as basket weaving, storytelling and bead work.

Keepers of the Word, a drumming group from Saint George, set the stage, pounding drums and chanting while dancers wowed the crowds in traditional attire with astounding attention to detail.

One woman estimated the amount of bead work alone sewn on her dress represented hundreds of hours of labor.

“I want to invite the dancers back out to the front to show all these people the Crow hop,” said the announcer. “Because everyone knows, a Crow doesn’t walk — he hops.”

Dancers strutted, hopped and fluttered their arms like birds to the beat of the drums as feathers tucked in strands of hair waved about and soft moccasin covered feet twirled in the grass.

The dancing was concluded with a friendship dance in which the natives and pale-faces alike joined hands and circled around and around making ever smaller rings before raising their hands and drawing the circles inward.

The Native American Celebration continues to be one of the most popular events at Hagood Mill which is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10-4 p.m. year round.

For more information on upcoming events at the mill visit www.visitpickenscounty.com.

Friends wait for their turn to dance.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_120.jpgFriends wait for their turn to dance. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Cherokee, Ojibwa, Catawba, Creek and Wassamassaw tribal heritages made up just a portion of the rich diversity present at the mill.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_124.jpgCherokee, Ojibwa, Catawba, Creek and Wassamassaw tribal heritages made up just a portion of the rich diversity present at the mill. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Keepers of the Word, a drumming group from Saint George, S.C., set the stage pounding drums and chanting.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_132.jpgKeepers of the Word, a drumming group from Saint George, S.C., set the stage pounding drums and chanting. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

The Native American Celebration continues to be one of the most popular events at Hagood Mill which is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10-4 p.m. year round.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_147-1.jpgThe Native American Celebration continues to be one of the most popular events at Hagood Mill which is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10-4 p.m. year round. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

The celebration is hosted in honor of Native American Heritage Month and featured traditional dress, dancing, music as well as a great variety of different tribal groups.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_150.jpgThe celebration is hosted in honor of Native American Heritage Month and featured traditional dress, dancing, music as well as a great variety of different tribal groups.Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Friendship and tolerance between cultures was one of the main themes at Saturday’s celebration.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_157.jpgFriendship and tolerance between cultures was one of the main themes at Saturday’s celebration. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Dancers strutted, hopped and fluttered their arms like birds to the beat of the drums as feathers tucked in strands of hair waved about and soft moccasin covered feet twirled in the grass.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_162.jpgDancers strutted, hopped and fluttered their arms like birds to the beat of the drums as feathers tucked in strands of hair waved about and soft moccasin covered feet twirled in the grass. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Dressed in traditional Comanche attire.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_165.jpgDressed in traditional Comanche attire. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

The Native American Celebration at Hagood Mill.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_166.jpgThe Native American Celebration at Hagood Mill. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Thousands showed up for the annual celebration of Native American history and culture.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_242.jpgThousands showed up for the annual celebration of Native American history and culture. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

A friendship dance had performers and attendees alike joining hands and moving to the beat of the drums.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_247.jpgA friendship dance had performers and attendees alike joining hands and moving to the beat of the drums. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Although the event was free, all proceeds from the parking fee went to support the mill and the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_258.jpgAlthough the event was free, all proceeds from the parking fee went to support the mill and the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

A young girl demonstrates the Crow Hop.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_273.jpgA young girl demonstrates the Crow Hop. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

Thousands of people turned up from all over the Upstate to celebrate the Native American Celebration at Hagood Mill on Saturday.
http://pickenssentinel.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/web1_274.jpgThousands of people turned up from all over the Upstate to celebrate the Native American Celebration at Hagood Mill on Saturday. Kasie Strickland | The Pickens Sentinel

By Kasie Strickland

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Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.

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