Waccamaw Siouan Tribe

About Us

 Waccamaw Siouan Indians are one of eight state-recognized Native   American tribal nations in North Carolina. Located predominantly in the   southeastern North Carolina counties of Bladen and Columbus, in the   communities of St. James, Buckhead, and Council, the Waccamaw Siouan   tribal homeland is situated on the edge of Green Swamp about 37 miles   from Wilmington, North Carolina, seven miles from Lake Waccamaw, and   four miles north of Bolton, North Carolina. Since its earliest recorded  exploration by the naturalist, William  Bartram (who was assisted in  his efforts by Waccamaw Indians) in 1735,  many stories have been told  about the legendary origin of Lake Waccamaw.  Many have proved to be the  fanciful inventions of early white settlers.  According to the Waccamaw  Siouan Indians, thousands of years ago, an  immense meteor appeared in  the night sky toward the southwest. Flaming  to a brilliance of  innumerable suns as it hurtled earthward, the meteor  finally struck,  burning itself deep within the earth. The waters of the  surrounding  swamps and rivers flowed into the crater and cooled it,  creating Lake  Waccamaw, a gem blue, verdant green lake. We are the “People of the  Falling Star.” The Waccamaw Siouan are not affiliated with the Waccamaw  people of  South Carolina (aka Chicora Waccamaw) and the Waccamaw  Siouxan of  Farmers Union, North Carolina.