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.