4th Annual Yacunne Fish Camp 

This event was held on April 12th & 13th, 2024 and created an opportunity for community to gather and share stories while fishing.  The program was sponsored by the National Parks Foundation (Moore's Creek Battlefield), Duke Superfund, NC Museum of Science and NC Wildlife Resources Commission.  We provided fishing poles, bait, food, snacks, drinks, cultural history and this year we have some amazing gifts for those who come. Including free raw vegetables.  The event was free and open to the public.  

This year we offered a "Storytelling with the Elders" portion of the event on Friday morning at the Corner Grill, which is a location that holds significant history for our people. We also attempted to camp on Friday night, but mother nature had other plans.  

The land you will be visiting is the ancestral lands of the Waccamaw Siouan people.  You will be learning more about the Waccamaw Siouan People and our culture during the event. Your respect for the lands in which you will be accessing is necessary. 

Yacunne Fish Camp Infographic.pdf

Morning Breakfast

Tribal members shared stories, moments and history of Isanti and Waccamaw Siouan People

Waccamaw Siouan Tribal History

This presentation was provided during the Yacunne Fish Camp by Waccamaw Siouan Tribal Members.  This is a digest of the tribal history and does not reflect the entire history of Waccamaw Siouan Peoples. 

Sisitonwan Wahpetonwan Dakota Sioux Spearfishing

This presentation was provided to help show and demonstrate the techniques and types of spearfishing Indigenous to our people. 

Important Information to know before attending in 2025

Here is what you need to know:

Here is what to expect after you arrive:

If you are camping with us Friday night, here is what you need to know: 

Volunteers Registration!

Volunteers are needed! 

We have volunteer opportunities for supporting the event.  Please reach out to stem@waccamaw-siouan.org if you are interested in volunteering for our 2025 event. 

Let's go Fishing!

Fishing is traditional. It is how we have sustained life on this continent for thousands of years, yet in the past 100 years our appetite for this traditional way has declined.  For the past two years STEM Studio has hosted a Yacunne Camp that brings together hundreds of community members to reconnect with fishing and bring back traditional ways of spear fishing.  The camp is held in the spring in our tribal community and has attracted hundreds of participants and families over the years. 

Community Yacunne Fish Camp Coloring Sheet.pdf

Free Coloring Page

In 2022, Domonique Mitchell (Waccamaw Siouan Artist) created a coloring page that depicts a Waccamaw Siouan male spearfishing.  The spears where made of hickory and used deer antler tips for a point.  Some elders remember when spearfishing was more promonit in our culture as a way of fishing.  In the 1950s, there was still accounts of this practice continuing and with much larger bowfin fish we see today.  

This is a free coloring page for you to use in continuing to educate about our culture and traditions as Waccamaw Siouan People. 

The Yacunne (fish) Camp welcomes friends from our surrounding community to come fish on our traditional lands.