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South Carolina – Indians, Native Americans – Winyah

South Carolina SC Native Americans SC Indian Tribes SC Winyah Indians

Name, Language

  • Alternate spellings: Winyaw, Weenee
  • Possible meanings: "People of the Black Water" or "The Black Water People" (contributed by Chief Ben Thompson)
  • Language family: Siouan

Current Status

  • Active

  • Chartered by the South Carolina Secretary of State December 30, 2005.

Contact Information

SC Location, Territory

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Population Estimates

  • 1715: 106


  • Warriors fought with colonists in the Tuscarora War of 1711, but later withdrew.

  • May have fought with colonists against the Waccamaw tribe in 1720.

  • Sometime in the mid 1700s, the tribe disappeared, possibly merged with a neighboring group.



  • Farming –
  • Fishing –
  • Hunting –

Beliefs and Practices

Related Winyah Indian Resources

  • Swanton, John R. The Indian Tribes of North America. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Instition Press, 1984, pp. 90-92.


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