The Waccamaw Siouan Indians are one of eight state-recognized Native American tribes 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 the Waccamaw Indians) in 1735, many stories have been told about the legendary origin of Lake Waccamaw. Many have proven 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 Indian Tribe is not affiliated with the Waccamaw people of South Carolina (aka Chicora Waccamaw) or the Waccamaw Siouxan of Farmers Union, North Carolina.