Early Cheyenne people – Native Americans

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A river in Minnesota

A river in Minnesota

Cheyenne people are related to the Algonquin people. From the Paleo-Indian period onward Cheyenne people lived in the Great Lakes area (in modern Minnesota). They were related to other Algonquin people like the Blackfoot and the Cree. “Cheyenne” is a Sioux word for “people who speak a different language” – it’s not what the Cheyenne called themselves. Like the Cree, the Cheyenne did a lot of fishing in the Great Lakes.

But the Cheyenne lived a little further south than the Algonquin and the Cree. That meant that they could farm corn like their neighbors, the Mandan, the Sioux, and the Crow. Like the Crow, the Cheyenne lived in earth lodges in villages. They made pottery.

Learn by doing: make popcorn
Cheyenne history after Europeans invaded

Bibliography and further reading about Cheyenne history:


Later Cheyenne history
Crow history
Sioux history
Cree history
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Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Early Cheyenne people – Native Americans. Quatr.us Study Guides, September 28, 2017. Web. February 23, 2018.

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Karen Carr
Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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