Manteo's World

Native American Life in Carolina's Sound Country before and after the Lost Colony

By Helen C. Rountree

with Wesley D. Taukchiray

Manteo's World

200 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 15 halftones, 7 maps, 3 tables, notes, bibl., index

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-6293-0
    Published: July 2021
  • E-book EPUB ISBN: 978-1-4696-6294-7
    Published: June 2021
  • E-book PDF ISBN: 979-8-8908-5916-7
    Published: June 2021
  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6292-3
    Published: July 2021

Buy this Book

For Professors:
Free E-Exam Copies

To purchase online via an independent bookstore, visit
Roanoke. Manteo. Wanchese. Chicamacomico. These place names along today’s Outer Banks are a testament to the Indigenous communities that thrived for generations along the Carolina coast. Though most sources for understanding these communities were written by European settlers who began to arrive in the late sixteenth century, those sources nevertheless offer a fascinating record of the region’s Algonquian-speaking people. Here, drawing on decades of experience researching the ethnohistory of the coastal mid-Atlantic, Helen Rountree reconstructs the Indigenous world the Roanoke colonists encountered in the 1580s. Blending authoritative research with accessible narrative, Rountree reveals in rich detail the social, political, and religious lives of Native Americans before European colonization. Then narrating the story of the famed Lost Colony from the Indigenous vantage point, Rountree reconstructs what it may have been like for both sides as stranded English settlers sought to merge with existing local communities. Finally, drawing on the work of other scholars, Rountree brings the story of the Native people forward as far as possible toward the present.

Featuring maps and original illustrations, Rountree offers a much needed introduction to the history and culture of the region’s Native American people before, during, and after the founding of the Roanoke colony.

About the Author

Helen C. Rountree is professor emerita of anthropology at Old Dominion University.
For more information about Helen C. Rountree, visit the Author Page.


“A treasure trove of information.”—Wilmington StarNews

"A wonderful examination of the life of the Native Americans who lived around the Outer Banks and Pamlico and Albemarle sounds before the white man came. . . . [Rountree has] an uncanny ability to present anthropology in laymen’s terms without minimizing the significance."—Virginia Gazette

“This excellent book teaches us all how it should be done. . . . I heartily recommend it.”—North Carolina Historical Review

"Helen Rountree's work has always been illuminated by her close relationships with the people she studies. Through Rountree's highly readable prose and Karen Harvey's paintings, readers will gain a vivid picture of the life and culture of the people on whom the Roanoke colonists intruded in the 1580s as well as the life that the Lost Colonists lived after they were abandoned."—Karen Kupperman, author of Pocahontas and the English Boys: Caught between Cultures in Early Virginia