Wassamasaw Tribe Of Varnertown Indians
Wassamasaw Tribe Of Varnertown                            Indians

Upcoming Tribal/Community Events

Yap Yè Iswà Festival                                                                                            November 19, 2022

Waccamaw Indian People 2022 Pow Wow                                                November 5 - 6, 2022

PAIA Lower Eastern Cherokee Nation SC 2022 Pow Wow                             September 24, 2022

 Colonial day and Grand Opening of the Fort Fair Lawn                              September 24, 2022

Santee Indian Tribe 2022 Pow Wow                                                               September 17, 2022

Basket Weaving Class                                                                                            August 20th, 2022

Jewelry Beading Class                                                                                                  July 16, 2022

Ribbon Shirt Class                                                                                                        June 11, 2022

Fish Fry & Community Meeting                                                                    May 14, 2022

Eastern Cherokee Southern Iroquois and United Tribes of South Carolina                              April 23, 2022

45th Annual Edisto Natchez-Kusso Powwow                                            April 22-23, 2022

Fundraiser For AV Equipment                                                                           April 20 - May 5

Fry Bread Class                                                                                                        April 09, 2022

Hello Wassamasaw Tribal Community,
Just  a reminder for the Tribal activity next week at Northwoods Baptist Church from 1:00pm - 3:00pm. 
We will be teaching you how to cook Fry Bread. We are looking forward to seeing you there!

Low Country Pow Wow and Cultural Festival                                                March 12 -13, 2022

Goose Creek Library sponsored Tribal activity                                              March 12, 2022

Hello Wassamasaw Community,
The Goose Creek Library is sponsoring our next Tribal activity.
On March 12th 1:00 - 3:00pm, we will be having a Gourd Painting class. 
Gourd art involves creating works of art using hard-shell gourds as an art medium. Gourd surfaces may be carved, painted, sanded, burned, dyed, and polished.

Fire Circle and Culturally unifying gathering                                             26 February, 2022

On the 26 February, 2022 at Boone Hall Plantation, Waccamaw will host a Fire Circle and Culturally unifying gathering.
Boone Hall Plantation is a historic district located in Mount Pleasant, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The most important historic structures in the district are the brick slave cabins located along Slave Street which date between 1790 and 1810. Address: 1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Native Americans will be admitted free, with the showing of any State Tribal ID Cards.

Panel Discussion at the College of Charleston: Hear Her                                February 17 2022

Join us for a panel discussion at the College of Charleston around themes explored in the current exhibition, Dyani White Hawk: Hear Her.
This conversation will include members of the Catawba Indian Nation, Pine Hill Indian Tribe, Wassamasaw Tribe, and Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe, as well as CofC faculty. This panel is part of ongoing collaborations between the Halsey Institute and the Women’s and Gender Studies program over the 2021/2022 academic year that will consider intersections between art, performativity, gender, sexuality, race, (post-) colonialism, and power.
The panel will be comprised of
- Beckee Garris, Catawba Nation
- Michelle Wise Mitchum, Pine Hill Indian Tribe
- Lisa Collins, Wassamasaw Tribe of Varnertown Indians
- Dana Muckelvaney, Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe of South Carolina

Goose Creek Library sponsored Tribal activity                                              February 5, 2022

The Goose Creek Library is sponsoring our next Tribal activity.
On February 5th, we will be doing an overview of our Tribal History, and we will discuss our 8 Tribal Bloodlines (Broad, Clark, Varner, Dangerfield, Driggers, Burbage, Huff, and Williams). We will go over the Etiwan, Cherokee, Catawba, Edisto, and other tribal bloodlines that make up the Wassamasaw Indian community native progenitors. 


We will be also doing a cultural activity, applique beading, using our 8 tribal symbols. During that portion we will review the significance of those symbols and what they represent.

Tribal Elections 2021

ABC news 4 Interview

Elder Basket Outreach November 20

This Native American heritage month we continue the tradition of honoring our elders by providing Thanksgiving baskets to our oldest members.

Rethinking Thanksgiving: The Forgotten Story of Indigenous South Carolina November 17, 3:30-5pm

Join Tribal Administrator Lisa Collins and Tribal Secretary Joshua Shumak as they represent the Wassamasaw Tribe on the College of Charleston panel - Rethinking Thanksgiving: The Forgotten Story of Indigenous South Carolina November 17, 3:30-5pm.

Veterans day Cemetery Flag Remembrance

Fall Rag Wreath Class

Night in the Cemetary Revival October 28 -30, 2021

Please come out to support our community members!!!

2021 Tribal Event Postponement Update

As of May 20, 2021, CDC Guidelines still recommend the avoidance of any large gatherings. 
Due to this continued recommendation, we will be postponing all Tribal Events and Activities until such time as the CDC Guidelines advise it is safe to resume. We hope to be able to resume Tribal Government and Activities soon and reschedule all events that usually take place during this time. 
See CDC Recommendation published May 20, 2021:

Cemetery Clean up November 7th 2020 at 9 am

Please come and clean your family plots. We will be placing flags for Veterans Day.
Old flags will be replaced by new flags. If you have any concerns, please ensure you are present during the clean up.

October 2020 Census

October 31st is the deadline to submit your census information. Please log in and complete your census! Don't forget to list Wassamasaw Tribe of Varnertown Indians as your tribal affiliation when you mark American Indian as your race.

2020 Tribal Events and Activities

As of March 31, all non-essential businesses and organizations have been ordered to close. At this time we will be postponing all Tribal Events and Activities for 2020 until the CDC guidelines allow for large gatherings. Since many of our members are elders and are at risk, we do not want to expose them to potential harm during this pandemic. Please reach out to your Tribal Executive Board if you need any assistance during this time.
Please see the link below for more information regarding the ceasing if non-essential activities.

Elder Care March 19, 2020

With everything going on right now. Asking all tribal members to reach out and check up on our elder members. Some may not be able to get out to the store to get the essential items they need. Let's step up and help them in anyway possible or if they can reach out on the Facebook page. If you see it posted and can help let's do it.

New Tribal Shirts Febuary 8, 2020

Our new tribal shirts are in and are for sale. The ones who preordered your shirts will be set aside. All shirts can be picked up at tribal events. Price will be posted soon. I believe the red ones are XL and 3XL. Blue are L and 2XL. But I will check as I go through the box. Other sizes are available but will need to be ordered. This was a first run to see how they sold.

Christmas Banquet 2019

Thanksgiving Elder Baskets 2019

Cemetery Cleanup November 2, 2019 at 8 am

All families please come and assist in cleaning the family plots at Williams Family Cemetery

Dreamcatcher class 0ct 19 2019

Santee Indian Tribe 7th Annual Powwow                                                         September 21, 2019

Moncks Corner Fireworks show June 29, 2019

Carolina Snowflake class June 1, 2019

US Census Tribal Summit May 23, 2019

43rd Annual Edisto Natchez-Kusso Powwow                                                         May 10-11, 2019

May 4, 2019 Community Cookout

We will be having a community potluck at Gateway Community Church at 12 pm.  We will be grilling hamburgers and hotdogs.  Please bring a side dish or drink.  Bring something that goes with a picnic/cookout such as pasta salad, potato salad, veggies and fruits, etc.  Also please bring drinks.  All are welcome!

Movie:  Smoke Signals                                                                                                    April 6, 2019

We will be showing the movie Smoke Signals at the Sangaree Public Library at 1 pm.  Please see our event page to RSVP and for more information.  https://www.facebook.com/events/803375406695001/

For a preview, please click the link below.

Exhibit opening and Luncheon March 20, 2019

Wassamasaw Tribal Exhibit:  One Community, One Family          February 15, 2019 - Febuary, 2021

The Wassamasaw Tribal Exhibit is now on display in the Duke Energy Gallery at the Native American Studies Center at USC-Lancaster.  It will be open until February 15, 2020.  For more details, visit:  https://www.sc.edu/about/system_and_campuses/lancaster/study/student_opportunities/native_american_studies_center/index.php

Dec 15, 2018 Native Film Night: Rumble

Native American HeritageMonth Banquet November 17, 2018

Goose Creek Town Council - Proclamation Nov 13, 2018

The Wassamasaw Tribe of Varnertown Indians was honored tonight by both the Town of Moncks Corner and the City of Goose Creek with proclamations for Native American Heritage Month.  Thanks to all the members that showed up this rainy night and braved the weather to accept our proclamations!  Special thanks to Joey Lawrence and Mary Lawrence for attending the Moncks Corner proclamation presentation!

Nov 10, 2018 Cemetery Clean Up

Pottery class 2 - painting September 8, 2018

June 23, 2018 Pottery Class

Gourd Painting Class April 28, 2018 

Community Barbeque Gateway April 14, 2018

Cemetery clean up Nov 11, 2017

Gospel Sing & Community CookoutNov 11, 2017 

Waccamaw Powwow Nov 4, 2017 

Wassamasaw 2016 year review

Race: Are We So Different? Exhibit at South Carolina State Museum on June 2016

Williams Family Cemetery Cleanup and Community BBQ on March 12, 2016

Tribal Elder Thanksgiving Baskets, November 2015

Native American Awareness Day November 18th, 2015 in Columbia, SC

Native American Heritage Month Proclamation in Moncks Corner on November 17th, 2015

Native American Film Festival by ECSIUTSC in Columbia for 2015

Native American Heritage Month at Goose Creek City Hall on November 9th, 2015

Basket Weaving Class on July 18th, 2015

Native American Summit by AICCSC in Greenville on April 23-24th, 2015

Community BBQ and Potluck at Full Gospel Mission on April 18th, 2015

Native and Now Concert with Dark Water Rising on April 3rd, 2015

Gourd Painting on February 28th, 2015

Native American Film Cherokee Word for Water on January 31st, 2015

FolkFabulous at McKissick on August 3rd, 2014

St. Augustine Trip on June 6-8th, 2014

Tribal Potluck on May 17th, 2014

Film Festival

Contains Images from Reel Injun; Holy Man, and Alaska Jim Crowe which are the movies we will be showing on May 26, 2012


Movie Night                                                                                            November 30 2011

Community Dinner & Gospel Sing                                                                July 30 2011

May 2010 Community Dinner

2010 NC Indian Unity Conference

NC Native Unity Conference Objectives: To focus on the 2010 Census to ensure all Native Americans are counted; to encourage harmony and unity among Indian Communities and Individuals; to address legislation affecting Indian people; to address Indian housing as it relates to identifying and meeting the needs of the people; to address Indian economic development including job creations.

Dance & Bead Classes                                                                                          April 15 2010

Bowling Night                                                                                                      March 16 2010

2009 Native American Conference for SC.

2009 SC State Recognition as "Tribe" in SC

The Wassamasaw Tribe of Varnertown Indians submitted their petition to become a State recognized Tribe on April 1, 2009. Ms. Lisa Leach, Ms. Tammy Hutto and Ms. Janie Shumak spent almost a year compiling all of the archival affidavits, historical documents, 150 year history, genealogy, and creating the narratives needed to upgrade our 2005 status as "Group" to the advances status of "Tribe". The petition went through CMA review in May 2009, was voted on by the Native Review Board in July 2009, went through a rigorous verification process in August 2009, and was finalized by a vote of the CMA Board of Directors in October 2009. The State Recognition Ceremony for the Wassamasaw Tribe was held at the Native American Statewide Conference in Columbia on November 5, 2009.

Salkehatchie - July 2009

The Salkehatchie Summer Service program assisted 3 Tribal members in home repairs in mid July: Robbie Clark, Samuel Varner, and Betty Lou Risher. A "Thank You" dinner was given for the Salkehatchie youths at the tribal office.

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Updated 2022