Native Americans Making Canoes . 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.
- 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.
- The First South Carolinians
Meet the Santee, Catawba, Pee Dee, Edisto, Chicora, and Cherokee Indian tribes.
- Native American Tribes of SC
Learn more about Native American tribes in South Carolina.
- Topper Site
Learn more about Topper archaeological site where people came thousands of years ago to make weapons and stone tools.
The Cofitachiqui were a tribe in South Carolina encountered by the Hernando de Soto Expedition and were related to the Catawba.
- Catawba Indians
See a reproduction of a Catawba council house and an example of Catawba pottery.
- Catawba Pottery
Read and watch how Billie Anne McKellar and other are creating pottery using traditional techniques and materials.
- Story of the Cherokees
Follow the 13,000 year history of the Cherokees.
- Cherokee Nation
Learn more about the largets Native American group in the United States.
- The Cherokee Indians
Read a short history of the Cherokee Indians.
- Cherokee Women
Learn what the role of women was in the Cherokee Indian tribe.
- Parris Island Indians
Find out more about the Native Americans that lived on this island in Beaufort County.
- Santa Elena History
Learn about the Spanish occupation of Parris Island and how they interacted with the native population.
Prehistoric Time Periods
The early history of eastern North America can be divided into 4 time periods, each of which have unique characteristics: Paleoindian (13,000 BC-8,000 BC); Archaic (8000 BC-1,500 BC); Woodland (1,500 BC-1150 AD); Mississippian (1500 AD-1650 AD).