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South Carolina – Indians, Native Americans – Sewee


South Carolina SC Native Americans SC Indian Tribes SC Sewee Indians

Name, Language

  • Alternate spellings: Seewee, Seawee, Seewa, Sewoe
  • Possible meanings: "island"
  • Language family: Siouan

Current Status

SC Location, Territory

Related SC Names

Population Estimates

  • 1600: 800
  • 1715: 57 (one village)

History

  • During the 1670s, they were possibly the first natives to meet the English settlers in Sewee Bay, now Bulls Bay. They assisted the English in fighting off the Spanish and supplied them with food.

  • By 1701, the Sewee had been decimated by alcohol and smallpox.

  • After 1715, the remaining members probably merged with the Catawba.

Dwellings

Food

  • Accounts by settlers who received food from the Sewee indicated that they grew corn, probably as their staple food.

Beliefs and Practices

Related Sewee Indian Resources

  • Milling, Chapman J. Red Carolinians. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1969, pp. 206-208.
  • Swanton, John R. The Indian Tribes of North America. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Instition Press, 1984, pp. 98-99.

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