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Navajo history – Dine – Native Americans

By |2018-04-07T17:05:37+00:00August 9th, 2017|History, Native American|

A Navajo dog today After the ancestors of most Native Americans crossed the Bering Land Bridge, about 12,000 BC, they split up and settled in different parts of North America. The Navajo started out as part of the Athabascans or Dene. Like other Athabascans, they settled in west-central Canada (modern Alberta or Saskatchewan). Sometime around 1300 or [...]

Traditional Native American origin stories

By |2018-04-19T15:42:20+00:00August 9th, 2017|History, Native American|

Rocky Mountains Some Native people don't agree that their ancestors came originally from East Asia. These Native American people believe that their ancestors were always in North or South and Central America. There's no really definite evidence either way, yet. Many archaeologists and historians think that Native American people came from East Asia. They say that mainly [...]

The First Native Americans

By |2018-11-09T07:55:58+00:00August 9th, 2017|History, Native American|

The first Native Americans probably ran into a lot of glaciers like this one. How people got to the Americas The history of North America up to 1500 AD is a story of a continent that started out empty and gradually got more and more crowded. Probably the first people to come to North America [...]

American geography and environment – Native Americans

By |2018-04-19T11:28:44+00:00August 8th, 2017|Environment, Native American, North America|

North American environment: The north Most of North America was (and is) just not very good for people to live in. That's why not that many people lived in North America before 1500 AD. In the north, it's too cold to support very many people. The winters are too long to grow crops, and there isn't [...]

Quaternary period – modern times

By |2018-11-09T07:50:38+00:00June 24th, 2017|Biology, Geology|

The Quaternary Period includes today - big cities and all When was the Quaternary Period? The Quaternary period began about 1.8 million years ago (1,800,000 years ago), coming after the Tertiary. The Quaternary is still going on today - we live in the Quaternary period. So far, it's a much shorter period than [...]

Bering land bridge – Native Americans

By |2018-11-09T07:05:43+00:00June 20th, 2017|Environment, History, Native American|

Bering Strait - today there's ocean, but long ago there it was the Bering land bridge Ocean levels were lower During an Ice Age, when the world is colder, more of the world's water freezes into ice. So less water is in the oceans than before. This makes the level of the oceans [...]

Farming and famine – Climate change

By |2018-04-19T14:44:11+00:00June 20th, 2017|Environment|

Climate change: Hunters, bison and aurochs Cave painting from Lascaux, ca. 15,000 BC Climate change encouraged the evolution of the first humans, who probably evolved in Africa as the climate got drier and grasslands replaced jungles. People came down from the trees and evolved to swim and fish. They learned to walk upright [...]