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Chowanoc Indians (Chowan)

The Chowanoc Indians were a tribe of North Carolina, relatives of the Powhatans. There are few records remaining of the Chowanoc language, but it was evidently an Algonquian language, probably closely related to Powhatan or to Carolina Algonquian. The Chowanoc merged into the neighboring Tuscarora tribe in the 1700's, which is where most Chowanoc descendants remain today. Other people of Chowanoc descent live in mixed communities with other Carolina Algonquian and Iroquoian peoples.

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Chowanoc Language Resources

Powhatan Language:
    Our resources about the Powhatan language.
Carolina Algonquian Language:
    Our resources about the Cwarolina Algonquian language.

Chowanoc Culture and History Links

Meherrin-Chowanoke Tribe:
    Homepage of a North Carolina community of Chowanoke and Meherrin descendents.
The Chowan Indians:
    History of the Chowanoc tribe.
Chowanoke Descendents Community:
    Cultural information about the Chowanoc, Powhatan, and other Algonquian tribes of Virginia and North Carolina.
Chowanoc Tribe History:
    Article on the Chowanoc tribe from the Handbook of American Indians.
    Wikipedia article on the Chowanoc Indians.
Four Directions: Chowanoc:
    Timeline and links about Chowanoc history.

Books for sale on the Chowanoc Indians

Indian Tribes of the Lower Mississippi Valley:
    Book on the history of the Gulf and Mississippian tribes, including a chapter on the Chowanoc.

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