Traditional: Their primary location while in South Carolina was along the central Savannah River in Colleton County
Population Estimates – Westo Indians
History – Westo Indians
Small bands moved into South Carolina during the 1660s and begin raiding the Cusabo tribes.
In 1674, the Westo signed a trade agreement with colonists and remained in good favor for several years.
They may have participated in the Yemassee War during 1715 and were driven from the area along with the Yemassee and other tribes afterward. The tribe was not mentioned in colonial historic documents after the early 1700s.
Dwellings – Westo Indians
Homes: Stuctures covered with bark, clay, or woven mats
Villages: Built along streams; homes were grouped around a central square where ceremonies and social gatherings took place
Food – Westo Indians
Farming: Primarily corn, beans and squash
Fishing: Freshwater fish
Hunting: Deer and other small game
Beliefs and Practices – Westo Indians
Related Westo Indian Resources
Milling, Chapman J. Red Carolinians. Columbia: University of South Carolina Press, 1969.
Swanton, John R. The Indian Tribes of North America. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Instition Press, 1984.