Language: Pedee
Family: Southeastern Siouan
Stock: Siouan Proper
Phylum: Siouan
Macro-Culture: Eastern Woodlands
Speakers None
       The Pedee were a sedentary hunter/farmer tribe. The eastern Siouans fissioned from the greater Siouan culture about 1,000 B. C. and crossed the Appalachians displacing the previous inhabitants. The Pedee lived along the middle course of the Great Pee Dee River in South Carolina. Conflicts forced the disbanding of the tribe. Most joined the Catawba.
Aboriginal Locations: Subdivisions (Villages)
SC    ?
Present Locations
SC   Pedee Indian Association, Inc., McColl
Year History
1670 Smallpox epidemic after this year
1715 Located near present Cheraw
1716 Thought given to establish a trading post in Pedee territory abandoned because it was thought it could not be protected
1717 Tribal member visited Charleston on friendship mission
1744 Pedee and Natchez killed some Catawbas and were driven from their lands into White settlements
1752 Most joined Catawba
1808 One half-breed woman only surviving in small Pedee/Cape Fear village previously founded under a chief called "King Johnny"
Year Total SC  Pop. Source
1600 600   Mooney estimate
1700 100 NAHDB calculation
1715 0   Not mentioned separately in census
1800 0 NAHDB calculation
1900 0 NAHDB calculation 
2000 0 NAHDB calculation 
Other speakers of the same language:
Cape Fear, Waccamaw
Pedee Sites:
Indian Trader John Lawson's Journal
Pee Dee
Pee Dee
Pee Dee Archeology
Pee Dee Authors
Pee Dee Culture
Pee Dee Indian Nation of Beaver Creek
Pee Dee Indian Tribe
Pedee Indian Tribe History
Previous Pee Dee Archeology

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