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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 [...]

Iroquois history – Native Americans

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

Early Iroquois history: Mohawk pottery Haudenosaunee Early Iroquois history starts when the Iroquois originally came to America with the other Native Americans. They may have first settled around what's now Maryland around 1000 AD. The Iroquois didn't call themselves "Iroquois", which is an Algonquin insult meaning "snakes". They called themselves the "Haudenosaunee", meaning "people who live in [...]

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 [...]

Iroquois food – What did Iroquois people eat?

By |2018-12-12T11:00:28-07:00August 8th, 2017|Food, Native American|

Iroquois food: Corn, beans, and squash growing together Corn and beans and squash People who lived in the Iroquois nation in the northeast part of North America ate mainly corn and beans and squash that they farmed: the Three Sisters. They made the corn into flat bread like tacos or tortillas. Inside the tortillas, they rolled up mashed beans and squash, like a [...]

Cherokee environment and climate – Native Americans

By |2018-11-13T08:47:49-07:00August 8th, 2017|Environment, Native American, North America|

Cherokee environment: A waterfall in what is now the south-eastern United States Where the Cherokee lived Where people of the Cherokee nation lived, in what is now North and South Carolina and Georgia, was a great place to live. It never got very cold - even in winter it hardly ever snowed - and it never got that hot [...]

Early Native American art

By |2018-04-07T17:05:25-07:00August 8th, 2017|Art, Native American|

A Woodland period pipe shaped like a dog (from modern Alabama) We don't really have any art from North America in the Paleo-Indian period, before about 8000 BC. Even from the Archaic period (down to about 1000 BC), there isn't anything specifically created as art. Beginning near the end of the Archaic period, though, and then [...]

The Iroquois longhouse – Native American architecture

By |2018-04-07T17:05:24-07:00August 7th, 2017|Architecture, Native American|

Iroquois longhouse - where Iroquois people lived What is an Iroquois longhouse? Most people who lived in the Iroquois nation lived in longhouses. An Iroquois longhouse is just what it sounds like, a long house, built of thin bendable wood, with branches woven in and out of the joists. On the outside, people used slabs [...]

Native American architecture

By |2018-04-08T11:23:09-07:00August 7th, 2017|Architecture, Native American|

Replica of Cherokee winter house What kind of house you lived in depended a lot on where you lived, and how you lived. Many people were nomadic, travelling around with their dogs following the buffalo they hunted on the Great Plains. These people lived mainly in tipis, which were very large tents made of long wooden poles covered [...]

Protestant Reformation – Early Modern Europe

By |2018-06-20T13:11:49-07:00August 6th, 2017|History, Modern Europe|

Catherine de Medici ruled France during the Protestant Reformation What was the Reformation? By the time Francis I of France and Henry VIII of England both died in 1547 AD, attacks by the Ottoman Empire were less of a problem. But civil war within Europe was more of a problem. All of Europe was beginning to fall into the Wars [...]