TheChowanokeIndians - "People of the South"

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β€œBennett's Creek" Named for Chief Bennett (Choanoac Leader)

β€œThe Great Spirit is in all things, he is in the air we breath. The Great Spirit is our Father, but the earth is our Mother. She nourishes us, that which we put into the ground, she returns to us.” 

― Big Thunder (Bedagi) Algonquin

Our Story


Indian Neck Rd, one of the the last communal tribal settlement areas

The story of the Chowanoke People can be traced to our lands for more than 800 years. Our first contact with the English occurred around 1585. Then around 1677, several skirmishes reduced the Chowanoke population, after which,  they were assigned to a reservation  by the North Carolina proprietors. The lands set aside for the tribe spanned 11,360 acres between Bennett's and Catherine's Creek and rose upwards from the Chowan River. In time, many tracts of this land were either sold, or lost due to encroachment, or mishap. The last 30 acres that was held in common by tribal members was lost in 1821.

Afterwards, despite owning land as individuals, the Chowanoke families maintained culturally distinct communities near the lands that  they had lived on for hundreds of years. They never left their ancestral homes.  In those areas, they formed their own churches, businesses, and social networks.

Today, Chowanoke descendants have reclaimed and aqcuired a 146 acre tract of their original reservation lands. They are now planning a cultural and meeting center as well as nature trails and educational activities for the enjoyment of both tribal, and local community enjoyment. 

We have come full circle.