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Green corn ceremony – Native American religion

By |2018-04-12T08:53:19-07:00August 10th, 2017|Food, Native American, Religion|

Corn, beans, and squash growing together Like other people around the world, when people in North America started to get more of their food from farming, starting about 1 AD, they also began to hold harvest festivals every year to celebrate a successful harvest with plenty of food to eat for the next year. People thanked the [...]

Native American creation myths

By |2019-04-27T21:32:36-07:00August 10th, 2017|Literature, Native American, Religion|

Native American creation myths - A cross-legged man from Spiro Mound (modern Oklahoma), 900-1450 AD Where did Native people come from? Each group of people in North America had their own story about where the world came from and where they came from. Native American creation myths are very different from each other. Here [...]

Cherokee creation myth – Native American religion

By |2018-04-07T17:05:43-07:00August 10th, 2017|Literature, Native American, Religion|

The Atlantic ocean Long ago, the earth was just a big island, floating in a bigger ocean. The earth was hanging from four cords coming down from the sky, which was made of solid rock. It was dark all the time and the animals couldn't see where they were going, so they got the sun and set it in a [...]

Early Cherokee people – Daily life

By |2018-04-07T17:05:43-07:00August 10th, 2017|Native American, People|

Replica of Cherokee summer house Cherokee women lived in the same house for their whole life, with their mothers. When they got married, their husband moved into their house with them. When they had children, the children also lived in that house. But when the boys grew up and got married, they moved into their [...]

Early Cherokee language and stories

By |2018-04-07T17:05:42-07:00August 10th, 2017|Literature, Native American|

Cherokee statues from Etowah (now northern Georgia) Cherokee is part of a group of Iroquois languages. Before the Spanish conquered the Cherokee, the Cherokee people didn't use writing. But they told many stories about themselves and their gods. During the evenings, or at religious ceremonies, people sat around the fire together. Cherokee story-tellers told stories that entertained people. [...]

Mississippian period – Native Americans

By |2018-04-24T10:24:37-07:00August 9th, 2017|History, Native American|

Cahokia mound in Illinois, where a Mississippian city was After 800 AD the Mississippian culture developed all along the Mississippi and the Missouri valleys, replacing the earlier Woodland culture. Now many people lived in towns. They built temples and palaces on top of big earth mounds. They had wooden fortification walls around their towns, with [...]

Basket-making project

By |2018-04-07T17:05:34-07:00August 9th, 2017|Economy, Native American|

(University of Washington - cedar root basket) To make your own basket at home, you can buy already prepared reeds at any craft store, or pick long, flexible branches from willow trees, or use strips of construction paper or newspaper about 1/2 inch wide. Or experiment with any weeds! Whatever you choose, unless [...]

Cherokee history – Native American history

By |2019-03-21T11:21:36-07:00August 8th, 2017|History, Native American|

Cherokee history: statues from Etowah (now northern Georgia) from about 1300 AD (maybe these should really be counted as Creek?) The Ani Chota The Cherokee nation was the largest nation of eastern North America.  They were probably also the most important. But they did not call themselves the Cherokee. They called themselves the [...]

Native American games – lacrosse, swimming, dice

By |2018-04-11T18:30:20-07:00August 8th, 2017|Games, Native American|

Cherokee lacrosse players from 1888 People who lived in North America played both active games and the kind where you can sit down. Their favorite active game was lacrosse. Or actually lacrosse and a lot of other games that you play with a stick and a ball, with rules that were different in different parts [...]

Native American food – North America – pemmican and succotash

By |2019-02-09T10:12:03-07:00August 8th, 2017|Food, Native American|

Native American food: Inuit carving of a sea lion Hunting and gathering wild food Early on, until about 2000 BC, people in North America ate only wild foods that they could hunt or gather. More about gathering Paleo-Indians in North America All our Native American articles Salmon, wapato, pine nuts and acorn flour These foods varied according to the environment where [...]