About Us


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 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, South Carolina.