Yacunne (Fish) Camp

3rd Annual Yacunne (Ya-chu-nay) Fish Camp 

Fridays, April 21st  & 28th from 6PM to 9PM  AND  

Saturdays, April 22nd & 29th from 9AM to Noon

The event creates an opportunity for community to gather and share stories while fishing.  The program is sponsored by the National Parks Foundation (Moore's Creek Battlefield), Cape Fear River Assembly, Duke Superfund, NC Museum of Science and NC Wildlife Resources Commission.  We provide 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 is free and open to the public.  You can register for the event below and if you already have, we welcome you out to the event.  Details for attending including the address is below. 

The last weekend of the fish camp will include spear fishing sessions with the Sisseton Sioux Nation and Shad Roe and Fish cooking demonstrations, April 28th & 29th. 

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. 

Important Information to know before attending

Here is what you need to know:

Here is what to expect after you arrive:

Here is how we will end the session:

Site Location and Waiver Information 

Location Information 2023.pdf

Yacunne Fish Camp Location

(Includes Address and Site Map)

Camp Photo and Liability Waiver 2023.pdf

2023 Liability and Photo Waiver

(Print and bring to event)

Volunteers Needed! 

Click the link below to register for volunteering! 


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.