Meet the Native Americans who first called South Carolina home.
- Timeline of Native American History
Find out what South Carolina was like thousands of years ago.
- Indian Tribes
Need to know more about a Native American tribe? Here is a list of many South Carolina tribes, including ones that are now extinct.
- Native Land, Native People
Watch this video to explore a Paleo-Indian dig in Allendale, petroglyphs near Table Rock, and a Catawba town council house.
- First Portraits of Native Americans by James White
James White came to North Carolina in 1585 and made a series of over 70 drawings of people, plants, and animals.
- The First South Carolinians
Meet the Santee, Catawba, Pee Dee, Edisto, Chicora, and Cherokee Indian tribes.
- Cherokee Indian Fact Sheet
Learn about the Cherokee language, culture, clothing, and how they live today.
- The Cherokee Indians
Read a short history of the Cherokee Indians.
- Cherokee Nation
Learn more about the largest Native American group in the United States.
- Catawba Indian Nation
The Catawba tribe has a 640-acre reservation in York County. Learn about their history since the European arrival.
- Catawba Indians
Learn about the Catawba Indians, including their villages and language.
- Catawba Indians
See a reproduction of a Catawba council house and an example of Catawba pottery.
Specific Native American Tribes
- The Pee Dee Indians
The Pee Dee Indians lived along the Pee Dee River near Georgetown, SC and many members now live near Cheraw and McColl.
- The Edisto Indians
The Edisto Indians were originally known as the Natchez Kusso and took the name Edisto in honor of the river.
- The Chicora Tribes
The Chicora Indians historically live on the coast and are now represented by the Chicora-Siouan Indian Nation and the Chicora-Waccamaw Indian People.
- Santee Indians
The Santee Indians lived near the Santee River and now have fewer than 400 descendants in the state.
- Yamasee Indians
The Yamasee Indians were originally from Florida and Georgia until they fled to South Carolina in 1687.
Native Americans Today
- Yap Ye Iswa (Day of the Catawba)
On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, the Catawba Indian Nation celebrates Yap Ye Iswa, the Day of the Catawba.
- Catawba Pottery
Read and watch how Billie Anne McKellar and other are creating pottery using traditional techniques and materials.
- Cherokee Indians (1927)
Watch this movie from 1927 showing Catawba and Cherokee Indians. What do you think has changed?