The Indian Summer Series celebrates the rich heritage of the American Indians and highlights historical themes and cultural expressions of North America’s first people through a variety of programs. Additionally, visitors can experience the Catawba Village on a daily basis and discover how native life was influenced by natural resources and changes in the Piedmont over hundreds of years. Throughout the summer and fall, visitors can explore the Henry Hall of the American Indian, as original representations of Crazy Horse and Ishi are added to the gallery.


Tools of Stone

Saturday, August 3 from 10 AM - 4 PM

Stone tools were the cutting edge of technology for thousands of years. Learn how these tools are shaped from stone as you mingle with flint knappers and watch their ancient craftsmanship in action. This program is included with general museum admission and is free for Schiele Members.


Ishi: The Last of His Kind

Sunday, August 25 at 3 PM

Duke University anthropologist Orin Starn discusses the story of Ishi, the so-called “last wild Indian in North America” who hid out for decades in the California mountains until his capture in 1916. Learn about the challenges confronting Native American people in the face of invading pioneers, and the remarkable story of Ishi’s life in hiding and as the lone survivor of his Yahi tribe in modern San Francisco. This presentation is included with general museum admission and is free for Schiele Members.


The Demise of Tonto

Saturday, September 7 at 3 PM

Cathy A. Smith, historian and an authority on authentic Native costume, clothing, and regalia shares stories of cultural heroes drawn from her experiences with Indigenous Peoples of the Plains. Her presentation highlights her vast experience and meticulous processes in authentically representing Native Americans throughout 20 years of motion pictures, including Dances with Wolves, Crazy Horse, and Son of the Morning Star. This presentation is included with general museum admission and is free for Schiele Members.


Catawba Indian Festival

Saturday, October 12 from 10 AM - 3 PM

Explore the culture and history of the Catawba Indians, one of the Carolina’s earliest indigenous peoples. Listen to traditional stories, feel the beat of a drum circle, step inside a Bark House, and try your hand at primitive skills. Join us and members of the Catawba Nation for singing, dancing, hands-on activities, crafts and more!

Ticket Information:

- Tickets can be purchased at the door on the day of the event.

- $3 in addition to general museum admission

- Just $3 for Schiele Members

- Please note: ASTC Passport Program reciprocals will not be accepted for this event. General admission plus the event up-charge will apply.

This project is made possible by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Any views expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the North Carolina Humanities Council.