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Near River Dwellers

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Tribal History
1752 - 2016

    Nuluti Equani Ehi is a Cherokee word and means Near River Dwellers in basic, if not literal, translation. Our history goes back to Jamestown and even before as far back and into our orginial home in Canada. We are of Algonquin Decent as well as mixed blood with many other tribes and nation, in which some of our bloodlines are very active in there current leadership.

    As the settlers expanded, it forced the tribe to move futher into Virginia, West Virginia and other areas. As our customs tell us, we have always been farmers living on the rivers. Some of the many rivers inhabited by our ancestors were the James River, New River, Dan River and the Yadkin River and as far south as the Gulf of Mexico. History and genealogy, as well as recorded history and our oral history, support this fact.


    Preeding this period, there was a lot of inter-marriage between various tribes and the settlers. For the settlers, it was a way to increase wealth. For the Native Americans, it was a way to avoid war and increase trade capabilities.


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    Prior to the settlement of Bethabara in 1753, our ancestors lived on the Yadkin River. Movement along the Yadkin was accomplished Inter marrage into many tribes on the Rivers one being Saura villages and by inter-marrying with the Saura. By the mid 1700's, the Saura had gone into hiding or had merged with other tribes in order to survive and hopefully prosper. Our ancestery dates to and before the presence of a chief known in the white lanuage as Chief Donnaha. This is a point of interest, as there were several Chief Donnahas. "Donnaha" is actually a Saura title, not a name and is also the English way of addressing the Chief of the area as his full title was to hard to pronounce. Also at this time there were two tribes that were so idenical in dress and so forth the only way to tell the difference was the way they wore there hair.


    There is much more about our history that we share at talks, crafting classes, gatherings and Pow wow's. If you feel you may be a part of our history and wish to learn more please contact our office to arrange a lecture or a book signing. or if you are seeking a tribal home, we would be honored to talk with you.


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The Trail of Tears



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    Chief Jim Wilson has recently composed a book describing the History of the Nuluti Equani Ehi Tribe about Yadkin and surrounding counties in North Carolina and Virginia.

    A three-volume recital of the history of the Nuluti Equani Ehi Tribe and its bloodline linkage to the controversial Chief Donnaha and the definition of exactly who Chief Donnaha was and from where he came. The works also explores often misquoted and frequently misunderstood Poindexter Decision that is still much in dispute as it affected not only the Poindexter family but the Carpenter, Mashburn, Carter, Ridge, Bowles, Martin and countless other families as they seek to validate their Native American bloodlines. Compiled and correlated by Principle Chief Jim Wilson of the Nuluti Equani Ehi Tribe, the study traces the history of his tribe back more than four hundred years and even to the First Peoples that migrated from Canada and were the forefathers of the hundreds of Native American tribes, bands and nations that now exist in North America. Long before Columbus was conceived and long before Erickson saw the sea, these ancient migrants occupied and conquered this land we now call America.

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