Local news station ABC 11 shared the recent undertaking of a team of archaeologists, indigenous community leaders, and volunteers to pull a 1,000-year-old Native American Canoe found in Lake Waccamaw in North Carolina.
According to the news report, a group of teens found the ancient Native American canoe when swimming in the lake outside of Wilmington. Archaeologists collaborated with area members of the Waccamaw Siouan tribe in the process of pulling the canoe from the lake.
In an interview, Waccamaw Siouan Chief Michael Jacobs, shared, “That canoe at 28 feet long would have carried many a brave. We feel like in our heart, it’s a history that we’re still exploring and understanding because this is the first time we’ve had access.”
Dugout canoes have been used around the world for thousands of years. They are a significant part of culture to the Native American tribes of the Southeastern United States.
The dugout canoe found in Lake Waccamaw will be taken to a lab in Greenville, NC for further study and preservation.