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Cheraw Indian Language

The Cheraw Indians were a Siouan tribe of North and South Carolina, relatives of the Catawba. 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.

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Cheraw Culture and History Links

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.

Cheraw Tribal and Community Websites

The Sumter Tribe of Cheraw Indians:
    Facebook page of a state-recognized Cheraw band of South Carolina.
The Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina:
    Homepage of the Lumbee tribe, who trace their ancestry to Carolina Siouan and Algonquian peoples.
Coastal Carolina Indian Center:
    Organization working to preserve Tuscarora, Powhatan, Croatoan, and Cheraw culture and traditions.

Books for sale on the Cheraw Indians

History of the Old Cheraws:
    19th-century book about the historical Cheraw, Pedee, and other early tribes of South Carolina.
Strangers in Their Own Land: South Carolina's State Indian Tribes:
    Interesting book about the culture of Cheraw and other Native American descendants in South Carolina today.

Cheraw History and Culture

Cheraw Tribe History:
    Article on the Cheraw tribe from the Handbook of American Indians.
Who Were The Cheraw?:
    Article on Cheraw history from a genealogical website.
Cheraw people (Saura):
    Wikipedia article on the Cheraw Indians.
Carolina History: The Cheraw Indians:
    Article on the history of the Cheraw tribe.
Saura Indians:
    Encyclopedia article on the Cheraw people of North Carolina.
Four Directions: Cheraw:
    Timeline and links about the Cheraws.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Los Cheraw * Tribus Siouan de Carolina:
Information about the Cheraws and their language in Spanish.



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