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8 09, 2017

Central and South American food

By |2018-04-19T15:03:08-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, Food, South America|0 Comments

Aztec men sharing a meal When people first came to Central and South America, perhaps about 15,000 BC, they hunted and gathered all of their food. They picked wild potatoes, wild teosinte (the ancestor of corn), wild beans and wild tomatoes and avocados. They hunted rabbits and llamas and turkeys, and fished in the rivers and the ocean. For fun, they probably fermented teosinte and other plants into [...]

12 08, 2017

Cree and smallpox – American history

By |2019-04-29T04:50:41-07:00August 12th, 2017|History, Native American|0 Comments

Cree history after 1500: A Cree man The Cree after 1500 AD In the 1500s AD, people who called themselves the Eenou lived in the northern part of North America, around what is now the border between the United States and Canada. Modern historians call them the Cree. Earlier Cree history American geography Colonization All [...]

10 08, 2017

Early Cherokee people – Daily life

By |2018-04-07T17:05:43-07:00August 10th, 2017|Native American, People|0 Comments

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 [...]

8 08, 2017

Cree history – Native Americans

By |2019-04-29T04:35:07-07:00August 8th, 2017|History, Native American, Where|0 Comments

Typical Cree environment - Great Lakes wetland Where did Cree people come from? The Cree probably started out as part of the Athabascan crew. When other Native people spread out south and east, the Athabascans, or Dene, stayed up north. Paleo-Indians American geography All our Native American articles Their language became different. But [...]

8 08, 2017

Cherokee economy – Native Americans

By |2018-04-07T17:05:26-07:00August 8th, 2017|Economy, Native American|0 Comments

Cherokee fishing weir on the Little Tennessee River in Macon County. (Thanks to Ralph Preston) People who lived in the Cherokee nation got their meat from hunting and fishing, and from gathering shellfish, and their corn and beans and squash from farming. Usually men did the hunting and fishing. They built little rock walls in the water - fishing weirs - [...]

13 07, 2017

Who is Actaeon? Greek myth

By |2019-01-17T06:03:59-07:00July 13th, 2017|Greeks, Religion|0 Comments

Deer in the forest Who was Actaeon? Actaeon (ac-TAY-on) was a young man who liked to go hunting in the woods. He spent a lot of time alone in the woods with his hunting dogs. History of dogs More about hunting Lots more Greek myths All our Ancient Greece articles Together, Actaeon and his dogs hunted [...]

9 07, 2017

Paleolithic Greece – the first people

By |2017-07-09T00:17:43-07:00July 9th, 2017|Greeks, History|2 Comments

Outside Franchthi Cave The first people came to Greece not long after leaving Africa, about 55,000 BC. They probably came along the coast of the Eastern Mediterranean, through what is now Israel and Lebanon. They almost certainly knew how to paddle small boats along the coast. When they got to Greece, these people [...]

20 06, 2017

Native Americans get horses and donkeys

By |2018-04-19T14:24:03-07:00June 20th, 2017|Native American, North America|0 Comments

A Cheyenne man named Yellow Horse captures a herd of mules (Cheyenne drawing, about 1870). There had been no horses in North America since about 5600 BC, when buffalos ate their grass and then Native Americans (probably) hunted them (and camels) to extinction. But just after 1500 AD, horses returned when Spanish explorers brought [...]

12 06, 2017

History of Hunting – Running, Nets, Bows

By |2019-09-15T07:02:25-07:00June 12th, 2017|Economy|4 Comments

Persistence hunting People have been hunting for a long, long time; the history of hunting is older than people. Even monkeys hunt meat with sticks. So men and women have been hunting since before they even became people. The oldest kind of hunting may be persistence hunting. Evolution of Primates Chimpanzees Early humans Gathering wild food [...]

12 06, 2017

History of Donkeys – Sudan

By |2018-11-01T08:41:54-07:00June 12th, 2017|Africa, Economy|0 Comments

History of donkeys: A donkey Donkeys come from Africa People probably first thought of donkeys as food, and hunted them. But by around 4000 BC people in Nubia (now northern Sudan) tamed donkeys and begun to use them to carry things from one place to another (This is about the same time as [...]