According to Cherokee legend, when the Earth was created, the Great Buzzard flew low over the flat land, his beating wings sculpting mountains and valleys below. Today, science offers its own explanations for our state’s geological marvels.
A History Lover’s Guide to Perquimans County
Take a walking tour to discover centuries-old homes and architecture, grab a bite in a 111-year-old pharmacy or a 175-year-old country store, and paddle down the same cypress-lined river once navigated by Native Americans.
Speaking in Code
How Cherokee soldiers from North Carolina created an unbreakable code during World War I.
The Blowing Rock: A Love Story
At more than a billion years old, this ancient outcrop captured human imagination, inspired a legend, and became one of the state’s earliest travel attraction. Our fascination with The Blowing Rock endures — and keeps drawing us west.
The 1970s: Lifting Native Voices
A new commission of Indian affairs ensures representation for North Carolina’s indigenous population. In politics, journalism, the arts, and more, the state’s original residents make strides and speak out.
Quiz: North Carolina Nations
Native Americans living in the mountains, Piedmont, and Coastal Plain are artists, educators, leaders, storytellers, and so much more.
Photo Essay: Native North Carolina
Our eight state-recognized tribes each have their own stories and traditions, but they share an important bond, too: a love of this land that traces back to the first people who called it home.
Edging Closer to Answers: The Lost Colony
The Lost Colony is one of our nation’s oldest and most fascinating mysteries. Long after its disappearance, groups of dedicated researchers are still pursuing the facts.
Ramblin’ Man: Discovering Native American Artifacts in the Uwharrie Mountains
Winter winds uncover a trove of arrowheads in the Hardaway archaeological site from North Carolina’s earliest residents.