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Wateree Tribe

The Wateree Indians were a small tribe of North and South Carolina, allies of the Cheraw tribe. Their language was never well recorded, but may have been a member of the Siouan language family, similar to Cheraw. The Waterees no longer exist as a distinct tribe. After colonization, they were devastated by disease and warfare, and most of the survivors merged together with the neighboring Catawba tribe, where their descendants still live today.

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Names: The tribal name Wateree comes from the native name of a river in their territory, meaning "rapids" or "flowing water." It has also been spelled Watari or Guatari.

Wateree Language Links

Wateree Language Tree:
    Theories about Wateree language relationships compiled by Linguist List.

Wateree Culture and History Links

Wateree Tribe History:
    Report on the Wateree tribe from the Handbook of American Indians.
Carolina Indians: Wateree:
    Information about the historical Wateree tribe of the Carolinas.
North Carolina Map:
    Tribal map showing the location of the Wateree and other North Carolina peoples.
Wateree People:
    Wikipedia article on the Wateree Indians.
Four Directions: Wateree:
    Timeline and links about Wateree history.

Books for sale on the Wateree Indians

The Siouan Tribes of the East:
    Book on the history of the Southeast Siouan tribes, including a chapter on the Wateree and Congaree.

Links, References, and Additional Information

Wateree Tribe:
Wateree links page.



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