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There is still uncertainty about many of the tribal origins of many of the Native American groups in North Carolina. However, recent archaeological work near the Occaneechi village on the banks of the Eno River near Hillsborough exposed the community as descendants of the Saponi and Occaneechi, thought to have been completely gone years ago.
Since the English settlers first came into contact with the native people of North Carolina, there has been constant pressure on the native customs and traditions, causing many to disappear completely and others to fall into virtual disuse. To counter threats to their culture, many Indian people began to re-learn the old ways of doing things and borrowing other cultural traditions.