Wateree Indians – Native Americans in SC
South Carolina SC Native Americans SC Indian Tribes SC Wateree Indians
Name, Language – Wateree Indians
- Alternate spellings: ?
- Possible meanings: "to float on water"
- Language family: Siouan
Current Status – Wateree Indians
SC Location, Territory – Wateree Indians
Related SC Names – Wateree Indians
Population Estimates – Wateree Indians
History – Wateree Indians
- Met Spanish explorer Juan Pardo sometime between 1566 and 1567, killing the soldiers he left behind.
- Fought with colonists against the Tuscarora Indians of North Carolina in the Tuscarora War of 1711-1712.
- Fought against colonists in the Yemassee War which greatly reduced their population in 1715.
- In the mid 1700s, the remaining tribe members merged with the Catawba tribe.
Dwellings – Wateree Indians
- Homes: Round, bark-covered dwellings with a fireplace in the center and opening in the roof to release smoke. Extended families lived in a single dwelling.
- Villages: Surrounded by a wooden palisade or wall. Consisted of a large, square council house, a "sweat lodge" or sauna, individual homes, and an open plaza for meetings, games, and dances.
Food – Wateree Indians
- Farming: Corn, beans, and squash
- Fishing: Variety of freshwater fish
- Hunting: Deer and other game
Beliefs and Practices – Wateree Indians
Related Wateree Indian Resources
- Merrell, James H. The Indians' New World: Catawbas and Their Neighbors from European Contact through the Era of Removal. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina
- Swanton, John R. The Indian Tribes of North America. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1984, pp. 90-92.