The Native American South Carolina Archive (NASCA)
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~ Matt Simmons, The University of South Carolina – Lancaster
The Native American South Carolina Archive (NASCA) is a joint project of the Native American Studies Archive at the University of South Carolina Lancaster, the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Southern Studies, and the University of South Carolina Libraries’ Digital Collections.
NASCA exists to help correct misconceptions about Native South Carolina through an interactive and robust media archive. The online Native American South Carolina Archive brings text, visuals, and audio about South Carolina’s native communities, their history, and their culture freely to the Web.
The University of South Carolina Lancaster’s students helped bring this robust media archive to the Web using a custom PHP website. The site was met with acclaim and a flood of feedback. Yet making updates after the site was launched became difficult as many of the original contributors had moved on. The Native American Studies Archive at the University of South Carolina Lancaster needed someone to help bring a large swathe of updates and changes to their website.
We’re thrilled they chose to work with us.
The most complex and detailed changes the University of South Carolina requested had to do with their Timeline page.
The NASCA Timeline takes visitors through multiple interactive timelines for each time period (like the “Late Archaic Period” and “English Contact and Colonization”). Visitors can scroll through the timeline and view the history of South Carolina native peoples.
The University of South Carolina wanted to make nearly 150 updates and changes to these timelines – all of them in code.
We made modifications to multiple data files and scripts in order to implement each change the University of South Carolina requested.
NASCA can now boast a more thorough and accurate timeline.
Reorganization of the Communities Page
NASCA originally contained a Tribes page with a grid of 15 different native communities. Visitors could click on each community’s name and image to learn more about them.
In order to better categorize the various native communities represented on NASCA we reorganized and rebuilt the “Tribes” page and renamed it “Communities”.
We designed the tabs on this page for “Federally Recognized”, “State Recognized Tribes”, “State Recognized Groups”, and “Unrecognized” to be consistent with the look and functionality of tabs used elsewhere on the site.
Various Other Changes and Additions
Over the past couple of months we have worked closely with the team at the Native American Studies Archive at the University of South Carolina Lancaster to tweak numerous aspects of the NASCA website including:
- Adding new locations to the NASCA Map and modifying the color and design,
- Adding more Interviews and an additional tab to the NASCA Interviews page,
- Changing some images throughout the site,
- and more.
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