Coastal North Carolina.
L G O N Q U I A N CAROLINIAN
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.
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