Native American Pottery | History of SC Slide Collection

One of the important skills of Native American women was their ability to make the clay pots that stored and cooked food. These were built up by coiling ropes of clay to form the shape, then smoothed and fired. The Native Americans contributed several important ingredients to the diet of the Europeans who were beginning to invade their coast. This drawing shows various stages of food preparation. One of the staple foods was maize, which we call "corn." (The word "corn" was the word the English used to describe all grains.) Fish and game may also have been simmering away in the pots. 

Courtesy of the South Caroliniana Library.