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Saura Indians in Stokes Co., NC.

donated by Roberta Estes



This Saura woman is wearing a deerskin hood decorated with shells and beads, 

from Stokes county website.

This is my re-drawing of the picture on the website..nlp



History of Stokes - The Saura 

A plaque on US Highway 311 near its crossing with the Dan River just east of Walnut Cove commemorates the culture of the Saura. Since it is now known that there were several Saura villages in the Dan River region, the names “Upper”, “Middle” and “Lower” are out of date. What we know of the Saura derives from both history and archaeology.

After the Europeans dawned on the American continent, the Saura people were visited three times by John Lederer, a German physician. His second visit took place in 1670. He found their villages on the Catawba, Yadkin and Dan Rivers. He thought the “Upper” and “Lower” Saura villages on the Dan River did not yet exist. In 1673 James Needham and Gabe Arthur reported Saura villages in the areas where John Lederer found them.


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