This month, national parks around the United States are honoring Native American Heritage Month, and your OBX national parks are joining them!
Years before the arrival of the English, the land that makes up the Outer Banks was home to Native Americans who honored and cultivated the unique resources of these barrier islands.
In fact, two Outer Banks towns you’re likely familiar with, Manteo (the county seat of Dare County) and Wanchese, are named for two members of the Carolina Algonquian: Manteo was a Croatoan member of the Carolina Algonquian and Wanchese was a Roanoac member of the Carolina Algonquian.
Both of these men left their homeland to travel to England and back with English explorers in the 1580s. The English settlers owed them a great debt — they would not have survived without the aid of the Manteo, Wanchese and their peoples. Tragically, relations between the English and Carolina Algonquian deteriorated as the English aggressively tried to expand their settlement and claim more territory. Chief Wingina (later Chief Pemisapan) was murdered by Englishmen and his brother, Granganimeo, died of disease the English brought with them.
To learn more about the Carolina Algonquian of the Outer Banks, check out these resources from Fort Raleigh National Historic Site: