Greetings from the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project
The Cultural Center is responsible for the operation of the following:
- Camp Kic a Wah: an At-Risk afterschool and summer cultural immersion camp for Tribal youth.
- Archives: the official repository of the Tribe’s historical records.
- Archaeology: identification and preservation of Catawba historic site information and artifacts under the direction of the Tribal Historic Preservation Office.
- Cultural Programming: standard cultural and heritage programs include history, language, pottery demonstration, drumming and dancing.
- Craft Store: a unique retail store featuring items made by Catawba artists and artisans.
One of the earliest initiatives of CCPP was the promotion of Catawba traditional arts and crafts. The craft store was established to provide a retail outlet for Catawba artists and artisans to sell their wares. Proceeds from the sale of the items on this website help to support not only the Catawba artists and artisans, but also provides support to Camp Kic a Wah and tribal youth. So, every time you make a purchase, you are helping to ensure the continued survival of the Catawba culture.
On behalf of all the artists and artisans and the children of Camp Kic a Wah, thank you for your support!
Meet Our Staff
As Director of Camp Kic-A-Wah, Tonya is responsible for all the children enrolled in our After School Program, as well as our Summer Immersion Camp and staff for the program. She also co-directs our Tribal 4-H program that is sponsored by Clemson extension. She holds several certificates in Child Education and Food Service. She is planning on returning to school in the fall for completion of her Early Childhood Degree. Her role of Director at the camp is important to her because she is able to help the children learn and grow with an understanding of being important and respectful. She wants all the children to feel loved and understood. She strives every day to make sure they leave feeling just that way. She enjoys her time at the camp because she gets to be a kid again by playing and watching the children experience life every day.Caitlin Totherow
Beckee Garris was born and raised on the Catawba Indian Reservation in Rock Hill, SC. She is the granddaughter of former Catawba Indian Chief, Albert H. Sanders, and the great granddaughter of former Chief Samuel T. Blue. She works for the Tribal Historic Preservation Office for the Catawba Indian Nation. Beckee works with the Head Start program teaching the children basic Catawba words and phrases, as well as the numbers 1-10. She assists with programs that include language and pottery demonstrations. Beckee also helps with THPO projects as needed, as well as helping in the craft store. She has had selected works published in two folk tale literature. Beckee holds an Associates Degree in Art.Wenonah G. Haire, DMD
Wenonah is the Executive Director of the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project. She is also the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer. She is the daughter of former Assistant Chief of the Catawba Indian Nation, Evans M. George, Jr.. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Pre-Dentistry in 1972. In 1979, she graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina with a Doctor of Dental Medicine degree. She served as a Commissioned Officer of the United States Public Health Service from 1979 to 1982. She was a White House Conference on Indian Education Delegate in 1992. She has received numerous certificates for managers from Dale Carnegie, as well as Festival and Events Manager certificates from the Strom Thurmond Institute of Festival and Events Managers workshops and the Smithsonian Institute of Museums and Native People's workshop, as well as a Certified Grants Specialist Certificate. She has served on the following boards: Nation Ford Land Trust Board member, York County and Convention and Visitor's Bureau board member for over 11 years, and the Rock Hill Arts Council. The committees that she has served on includes the: Rock Hill's Mayor 's committee on Human Relations, Catawba River Heritage Corridor committee member, Multicultural Committee of Rock Hill Arts Council, S.C. Cultural Rural Coordinating Council, Advisory Committee of Catawba Scenic River, Catawba Indian Nation Optimist club, Strategic Management Committee of the Catawba Indian Nation, Catawba Indian Nation Scholarship Committee, Jean Laney Harris Folk Heritage Award Advisory Committee, the Catawba Wateree FERC Relicensing Committee and presently serves on the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET) Culture and Heritage Committee for over 10 years. She also served on the USET Education Committee. She is a Clemson Alumni Fellow and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award from the York County Christian Women's Job Corps. One of her special jobs is leading the Cooking/Nutrition classes for the CCPP Summer Cultural Immersion Program.Kathy Brown
Kathy is the Assistant Administrator of the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project. She is the granddaughter of Mary Jane Blue and great granddaughter of Chief Nelson Blue. Her primary responsibilities include payroll, human resources, administration, grant writing, budgeting and professional insurance coverage. She has received training through the Dale Carnegie Course for Leadership training for managers and Dale Carnegie course . She has received certification on Festival and Event Management, the Falmouth Institute for bookkeeping for grants and contracts, developing a tribal budget, and integrating social services, as well as domestic violence prevention training.