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Native Americans

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Before Europeans settled North America, Native American groups lived in five major parts of the United States: the Northeast, the South, the Great Plains, the Pacific Coast, and the deserts of the Southwest. Ancient artifacts show that native peoples fished off the coast of New England 4,000 years ago. Some Native American tribes were gatherers, eating the fruits and vegetables that were local to their regions. Other tribes practiced agriculture. They used farming methods that let them grow crops on the same soil for many years. By the time the first white settlers arrived, Native Americans knew how to grow almost 100 different kinds of crops. These were used as medicines and dyes, as well as food. View More

Seminoles in traditional dress

Seminoles in traditional dress

Native Americans

LOCATION: United States; Canada
POPULATION: Over 2,500,000 (2000 U.S. Census); over 1,175,000 (2006 Canadian Census)
LANGUAGE: See individual tribes.
RELIGION: See individual tribes.
RELATED ARTICLES: Vol. 2: Choctaw; Comanches; Creeks; Dakota and Lakota; Hopi; Inuit; Iroquois; Navajos; Ojibwa; Paiutes; Seminoles and Miccosukees; and Tlingit Archaeologists generally agree that the first peoples to inhabit the North American continent crossed over from Asia to what is now Alaska on the Bering Land Bridge sometime between 12,000 and 25,000 years ago. When the glaciers melted at the end of the Ice Age, the water levels rose in the Earth's oceans...View More

From Student Resources InContext

Native Americans Magazine, Newspapers, Books & More


Myths, Legends & Music

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Rabbit Ears Native American Heroes
Rabbit Ears Native American Heroines entertains and enlightens with these legends from our American past—read by your favorite stars and featuring original music by today's greatest artists. The Story of Sacajawea takes listeners on a fascinating journey up the Missouri River and across the Rocky Mountains with the Lewis and Clark expedition—guided by an extraordinary seventeen-year old Native American woman named Sacajawea. Listeners will discover how her incredible courage and knowledge of the outdoors helped a friendly troupe of early American explorers survive in the wilderness and reach their destination the Pacific Ocean. This rich and moving true story captures the essence of the New Frontier. Princess Scargo and the Birthday Pumpkin tells the touching story of a young Native American girl who gives up a precious birthday gift in order to save her village. This enchanting adaptation, based on a popular Native American legend, embodies the true spirit of selflessness.

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Native American Meditations
Music from the Lakota, Navajo, Oglala, Cherokee tribes and
Chumash chants

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The Lakota Way Native American Wisdom on Ethics and Character
A gifted storyteller and historian and a member of the Sicunga Lakota Sioux, Joseph M. Marshall, III has dedicated his entire life to spiritual fulfillment and to teaching others the essence of Lakota wisdom. In The Lakota Way, Marshall shares his own story and many others imparting the wisdom of the Lakota culture. These stories express the heart of his Native American philosophy and the twelve core qualities that are crucial to the Lakota way of living: bravery, fortitude, generosity, wisdom, respect, honor, perseverance, love, humility, sacrifice, truth, and compassion.

Native American Myths
Read retellings of famous Native American Myths, Legends and Stories such as Rainbow Crow, the Maid of the Mist, and the King of Sharks, as well as First Nation tales from Canada. The evil Windigo stalks a local tribe during a long winter, Nanabozho paints the flowers, and the patient heron outraces the hummingbird in this grouping of Native American myths and stories of truly legendary proportion.



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American Indians of California, the Great Basin & the Southwest
Includes the Miwok, Comanche, and Navajo, respectively. This book looks at the culture, the histories and traditions and their interactions within and between tribes.

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American Indians of the Northeast & Southeast
The Native American tribes of the Northeast and Southeast regions of the United States are sometimes considered as a single culture area known as the Eastern Woodlands. Despite their cultural similarities, however, each region, and each tribe within each region, has its own customs and histories that distinguish one from another.

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American Indians of the Plateau & Plains
The use of horses has perhaps most dramatically shaped the way of life for Native American tribes in the Plateau and Plains regions of North America, but the practices and traditions of both culture areas date back to a time long before Europeans ever touched American shores, introducing their animals and customs to the continent’s indigenous peoples.

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Indigenous Peoples of the Arctic, Subarctic, and Northwest Coast
The indigenous peoples of North America and Greenland have long inhabited and thrived in a variety of terrains and climates. The three different culture areas of the Arctic, American Subarctic, and American Northwest perhaps best exemplify this—from the sometimes stark environment of the tundra to the moderate conditions of the coastal regions in northern California, the indigenous communities in each found ways to subsist on the resources available to them even when facing social, political, or geographic adversity.

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Native American History
Native American cultures and contributions predate those of the American majority, and yet they are often unfairly consigned to the peripheries of the mainstream. The longevity of many Native American traditions is testament to the strength and endurance of these societies and their perseverance in the face of trials and persecution. This penetrating series explores the ideas and cultures indigenous to the Americas and sheds light on these frequently misunderstood peoples. The narratives in these books will leave readers with a more informed understanding of the people whose stories are integral to the fabric of history.

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American Indian Culture
Learn about the cultural of Native Americans. Includes lifeways, religious rituals, and material culture to art forms and modern social phenomena.

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Native American Tribes
Provides information on tribes from all over the United States and Canada, including small tribes and some that no longer exist. Learn about the tribe's history, religion, art, government, economy, daily life and current social and political issues.

Nevada Native Americans

  • Nevada Tribes and Languages
    Provides information about the language, culture and history of each Nevada tribe, or scroll below the map for Nevada Indian activities including a wordsearch, fact sheets for kids about each tribe, and worksheets teaching words from the different Native American languages of Nevada. Feel free to print any of these materials out for classroom use! Alphabetical listing of tribal organizations for Nevada. Use the link at the top of the page to search for current tribal web pages.

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