The Cheraw Indians were a Siouan tribe of
North and South Carolina, relatives of the
Their language is poorly attested but definitely Siouan, probably most closely related to the Catawba language.
Devastated by disease and warfare, the Cheraw tribe merged with their Catawba neighbors in the 1700's.
Most Cheraw descendants still live among the Catawbas today, although other people of Cheraw descent
can be found within the Lumbee tribe
and in other communities throughout the Carolinas.
Thanks for your interest in indigenous American languages!
The emphasis of these pages is on Cheraws and other
American Indians as living people with a present and a future as well as a past. Cheraw history is interesting and
important, but the Cheraw Indians are still here today, too, and we try to feature modern writers as well as traditional
folklore, contemporary art as well as museum pieces, and issues and struggles of today as well as the tragedies
of yesterday. Suggestions for new links are always welcome.