Cooking Fish. In " A Briefe and True Report of the New Found Land of Virginia” (German edition) by Theodore De Bry, 1590. North Carolina Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Meet the Native Americans who first called South Carolina home.
- Timeline of Native American History
Find out what South Carolina was like thousands of years ago.
- Indian Tribes
Need to know more about a Native American tribe? Here is a list of many South Carolina tribes, including ones that are now extinct.
- Native Land, Native People
Watch this video to explore a Paleo-Indian dig in Allendale, petroglyphs near Table Rock, and a Catawba town council house.
- First Portraits of Native Americans by James White
James White came to North Carolina in 1585 and made a series of over 70 drawings of people, plants, and animals.
- The First South Carolinians
Meet the Santee, Catawba, Pee Dee, Edisto, Chicora, and Cherokee Indian tribes.
- Cherokee Indian Fact Sheet
Learn about the Cherokee language, culture, clothing, and how they live today.
- The Cherokee Indians
Read a short history of the Cherokee Indians.
- Cherokee Nation
Learn more about the largest Native American group in the United States.
- Catawba Indian Nation
The Catawba tribe has a 640-acre reservation in York County. Learn about their history since the European arrival.
- Catawba Indians
Learn about the Catawba Indians, including their villages and language.
- Catawba Indians
See a reproduction of a Catawba council house and an example of Catawba pottery.
Specific Native American Tribes
- The Pee Dee Indians
The Pee Dee Indians lived along the Pee Dee River near Georgetown, SC and many members now live near Cheraw and McColl.
- The Edisto Indians
The Edisto Indians were originally known as the Natchez Kusso and took the name Edisto in honor of the river.
- The Chicora Tribes
The Chicora Indians historically live on the coast and are now represented by the Chicora-Siouan Indian Nation and the Chicora-Waccamaw Indian People.
- Santee Indians
The Santee Indians lived near the Santee River and now have fewer than 400 descendants in the state.
- Yamasee Indians
The Yamasee Indians were originally from Florida and Georgia until they fled to South Carolina in 1687.
Native Americans Today
- Yap Ye Iswa (Day of the Catawba)
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Catawba Indian Nation celebrates Yap Ye Iswa, the Day of the Catawba.
- Catawba Pottery
Read and watch how Billie Anne McKellar and other are creating pottery using traditional techniques and materials.
- Cherokee Indians (1927)
Watch this movie from 1927 showing Catawba and Cherokee Indians. What do you think has changed?