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The Halawi-Saponi are located in north-eastern North Carolina.  Pottery from here is very rare with the only current potter being Senora Lynch.


  1. Bowl - Senora Lynch

  2. Owl Effigy - Senora Lynch - pending




Counties of Residence: Halifax, Warren
Population: 3,800

The Haliwa-Saponi people are descendants of the Saponi, Tuscarora, Occaneechee, Tutelo, and Nansemond Indians. In the 1700s these five tribes merged, gradually settling in an area known as the meadows, where the Haliwa-Saponi tribe lives today. During the 1800s the Jeremiah Church became the focal point for the tribe, serving as an educational and social center.

In the 1950s the tribe adopted the name Haliwa, combining the names of its two home counties. It added Saponi to its name on the state charter in 1979. In 1957 the Haliwa-Saponi established a school for children in grades 1–12, the only tribally controlled school recognized by North Carolina at the time. In 1969 the state’s desegregation plan forced the school to close. Since that time the building has served as a community center. Today it also houses the Haliwa-Saponi Tribal Charter School.