We are the first tribe in the State of South Carolina to obtain official recognition from the South Carolina Office of Vital Statistics. Additionally, the Waccamaw gained approval from the Governor’s Minority Affairs Ad Hoc Committee on Indian Recognition as an Indian Tribe as defined in the State of South Carolina.
At the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs meeting on February 17, 2005, the Waccamaw Indian People made history by becoming the first of two state recognized tribes in the history of the state of South Carolina. Today there are eight state – recognized tribes in South Carolina.
27TH ANNUAL PAUWAU
November 2nd and 3rd. 2019 at 591 Bluewater Rd, Aynor, SC
Gates open at 11am both days
7-14, 65 and over: $4.00
6 and under: free
Also, on October 30th starting at 9:00 AM, we will begin setting up for Pauwau. We’ve got to put out the tables, chairs, hay bales, sound system, and other things to get ready for the school days and Pauwau. Hope to see you at the tribal grounds on Oct. 30th!!!
We are always looking for volunteers. If you’re interested, contact Michelle at
Our next School Days event is currently scheduled for Thursday, October 2019 and Friday, November 1st, 2019, at the tribal grounds, 591 Bluewater Rd, Aynor, SC.
For more information on how to register for this event, please contact Susan Hayes-Hatcher at [email protected]
SPECIAL NEEDS FISHING DAY
On May 4, 2019, from 10 am until 2 pm, the Waccamaw Indian People will host the Fifth Annual Special Needs Fishing Day at the Waccamaw Tribal Grounds. This event was started as an outreach program for special needs people in the surrounding communities of the Waccamaw Indian Nation.
We invite all with any type of special needs to come out for a day of fishing, archery, games, lunch and fellowship.
If you would like to come out as our guest for the day or would like to volunteer please contact Ricky Hudnall at 843-855-2597
Chief of Tribal Council Ricky Hudnall
Our open meetings are held the first Friday of every month, with limited exceptions: in January and December, it is the second Friday & in November, there is no meeting. These meetings are open to the public and begin at 6pm.
Our Pauwau Committee meetings are held monthly January-October on the second Thursday of each month at the tribal office at 6pm. These meetings are open to the public.
CONVERSATION WITH CHIEF HATCHER
Chief Hatcher talks about his upbringing in a segerated south, coming of age in a time of bigotry and poverty, and what compels him to fight for Native Rights in this fascinating episode of "Between the Waters" recorded at our 2014 Pauwau.
On May 7, 2004, The Waccamaw Indian People acquired 20 acres of land in the Dog Bluff community near Aynor, SC. Because Dog Bluff is the ancestral homeland of the tribe, we are overjoyed to reclaim a piece of our ancestral grounds. This milestone was reached thanks to the generosity of Shaun and Shirley Perkins.
Due to all the rain we had this year and not really recovering from the rain from last year, Mayor Keb Johnson of Aynor graciously offered the use of the Aynor Town Park for our school days and Pauwau this year (2015). Thursday, Friday and Saturday we had wonderful weather, up in the 80’s. Although it was cold and rainy on Sunday, folks braved the weather and came on out. We did have a covered dance arena with the hay bales under it and some bleachers for the public to have other seating.
We are still working on improving our grounds, ie bringing in more dirt to build up the property, building a restroom with showers and putting a new roof on our tribe office.
If you would like to help in this endeavor, please send a note to and I will contact you.
Watch us as we continue to grow!