Meet the Eight Native Tribes of North Carolina

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Photo courtesy of @visitcherokeenc








In more than 10 states, including North Cackalack – the second Monday in October is recognized as Indigenous Peoples Day. In his honour, we present you some ways to celebrate the indigenous peoples locally, as well as a way to learn more about NC 8 recognized Native American tribes.

In WNC

  • We recommend that you check “A living language: the Cherokee syllabary and contemporary art,»Which highlights the the heritage of the indigenous language as a form of cultural expression + Pride. It is currently exposed to Cherokee Indian Museum through October 31. If you cannot make the journey of around 1 hour, the exhibit will also be on display at Asheville Art Museum of November 19, 2021 – March 14, 2022.
  • There is also Cart, the Handicraft Center Cherokee Basketry Public Art Park Project. A collaboration between the Craft center and members of Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, it will be a nod to Cherokee basketry, as well as to the language, traditions + Cherokee culture. DYK of downtown Asheville (and much of the region) was built on the ancestral lands of the Anikituwahgi (now known as the Cherokee)? Support the project here.

Virtual

  • If online is more your speed, check out the North Carolina History Museum‘s 26th Annual Celebration of American Indian Heritage. Provided for Sat 20 Nov from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., it offers opportunities to interact with the American Indians of the 8 recognized tribes of North Carolina through live presentations + panels. There is also a bunch of educational videos celebrating the history and culture of our Native American communities.

Scroll down to learn a bit more about each of NC’s Recognized Tribes.

The 2019 Pow-Wow. I Photo courtesy of @visitcherokeenc

Cherokee Eastern Band

  • Cherokee, North Carolina, near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Coharie

  • Harnett + Sampson Counties approximately 1 hour from downtown Raleigh

Haliwa-Saponi

  • Halifax and Warren counties near Rocky Mount
  • Recognized in North Carolina since 1965 and currently has approximately 3,800 members, 80% of whom live within a 6 mile (6 mile) radius of the town of Hollister.

Lumbee

  • Robeson, Hoke, Cumberland + Scotland counties
  • With more than 55,000 members – NC largest recognized tribe and the largest tribe east of the Mississippi River. Currently seeking federal designations through the Lumbee’s Law of Recognition, which was presented to Congress in 2019 by Representative GK Butterfield.

Meherrin

  • County of Hertford near Albemarle Strait

Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation

  • Alamance County ~ 40 minutes from downtown Durham

Sappiness

  • County person along the Virginia state border

Waccamaw Siouan

  • Columbus + Bladen counties ~ 45 minutes from Wilmington

You want to know more ? Check out the following resources:

And, be sure to read our room to Joara and Fort San Juan (aka both the site of a thriving indigenous village + the oldest colony in inland Europe in North America).

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