Theme: “America’s southern cultures and identities: language, customs, literature”
Location: Fine Arts Building
Registration: 8:30-9:15 (presenters only)
Schedule: Keynote Address: 9:30 a.m.
Sessions 10:30 a.m. -Noon and 1:30 - 5 p.m.
The conference is open and free to the public.
*10 PK-12 certificate renewal credits may be earned for full day attendance. Contact Dr. J. B. Owens, 803 536-7020 to pre-register for Renewal Credits.
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Will Moreau Goins
“Mother Earth, Father Sky: The Reality of Native America”
Dr. Will Moreau Goins is the chief/ CEO of the Cherokee Indian Tribe of South Carolina-ECSIUT, Inc. , a statewide tribal consortia of state recognized and federally recognized tribal members. Dr. Goins is a descendant of the Eastern Band Cherokee Indians, Tuscarora & Cheraw Indians and is a historic preservationist, published author, communications professional, and community leader. He has worked tirelessly for more than four decades to shape a Native American policy agenda that addresses issues at the core of indigenous identity: sacred sites protection and access, religious freedom, treaty rights, mascot abolition, equality and language revitalization. Guided by the teachings of the ancient wisdom, keepers, and many ancestors that came before him, Dr. Goins presently also serves the Interfaith Partners of South Carolina as the Native American Spirituality Representative and is the current president.
A folklorist, cultural presenter, storyteller, chanter-singer, dancer, artist, educator, and arts administrator, Dr. Goins completed his bachelor's degree in anthropology and communications at George Washington University, where he studied cultural anthropology; archaeology; socio-cultural anthropology; language revitalization; cultural and historical anthropology; old world, African indigenous, Native American, and Mesoamerican studies; museum studies; and anthropological media and broadcasting (TV, Radio, Production performance and journalism). He received his doctoral degree from Pennsylvania State University.