NEUSIOK

NEUUSICOOC
Click for COREE

 

Neusiok Territory: Coastal North Carolina.

 

Portals
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Coharie Intra-Tribal Council : part of whose membership is Neusiok
Clinton, North Carolina

 

 

Neusiok Population
United States (2010) - 425

A L G O N Q U I A N CAROLINIAN

 

 

COMMENT

Various maps show the Neusiok and Coree as Iroquois, Algonquian, or Sioux.

 

Since the Coharie Tribe is a composite group composed of Waccamaw (Sioux), Tuscarara (Iroquois), Coree (undefined language group), and Neusiok (undefined language group), perhaps it should not be too surprising that many claim them, and their region, as their own.

 

Then, add in the tumultuous Black History of the region (interbreeding with other races, and identifying themselves as "Native Americans" to avoid slavery, plus general European savagery) and the identity of the Neusiok and Coree is further clouded.

 

I prefer to look at the original Theodore de Bry 1585 map and note the spelling of the Pamlico (Panauuaioc), a verified Algonquian tribe, and compare it with the Neusiok (Neuusiooc), and the Coree (Cwareiaioc). The extremely similiarity of these spellings is compelling evidence that these tribes are all Algonquian. Further, de Bry's multi-coloured coded map designates their three territories as one colour, green.

 

Then, there is the proximity factor. Both the Sioux and Tuscarara major location centres are far away. Whereas, the Algonquians are located right on the doorstep of both the Neusiok and Coree.

 

Note: There is no linguistic record of the Neusiok and Coree languages to enter into this discussion and my proposal is not conclusive.