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The Wateree Indians were a small tribe of North and South Carolina, allies of the
Their language was never well recorded, but may have been a member of the
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 Tree:
Theories about Wateree language relationships compiled by Linguist List.
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.
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:
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Book on the history of the Southeast Siouan tribes, including a chapter on the Wateree and Congaree.
Links, References, and Additional Information
Wateree links page.
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