Over 30 tribes of native people lived in present-day South Carolina before European contact in the 16th century. This book describes and illustrates how they lived as recorded by European explorers, beginning with Hernando de Soto around 1540.
Native culture varied between the different regions of the state in terms of ancestral origin and dialects, but similarities existed for crops produced and gathered, game hunted, various celebrations and ceremonies and for the way they interacted with their neighbors.
The illustrations by James Palmer vividly depict how native people lived in concert with their environment before things the Europeans brought, such as diseases, disrupted their way of life and greatly diminished their numbers.
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