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28 09, 2017

Early Native American Economy – farming and trade

By |2019-08-22T23:50:12-07:00September 28th, 2017|Native American|0 Comments

Native American economy: Pomo people fishing (California, 1816) Fishing and gathering food When people first came to North America, maybe about 15,000 BC, they were probably mostly following the fish along the coast, and fishing is what they spent most of their time doing. History of fishing First people in the Americas Lots more Native [...]

14 08, 2017

American religion – history of religion

By |2018-04-09T23:07:32-07:00August 14th, 2017|Native American, North America, Religion|0 Comments

Rock Art from Utah, about 1700 AD In 1500 AD, there were many different religious faiths across North America. Each group of people worshipped their own gods. All of these faiths did have some things in common though. All of them were polytheistic. (They worshipped many gods.) And all of them thought some of their gods [...]

14 08, 2017

Ghost Dance – Native American religion

By |2019-07-05T16:29:50-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Wovoka, a Paiute man who promoted the Ghost Dance Native Americans were suffering By the late 1800s AD, the United States and Canadian armies forced most of the people who had hunted bison on the Great Plains to move to reservations. The reservations were on terrible land. They were deserts with no water. What happened to the [...]

14 08, 2017

Christmas – American holiday

By |2019-04-02T09:57:29-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Big Horn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming (1300 AD) Native American origins of Christmas Even before 1500 AD, people in North America celebrated a winter religious festival when the days stopped getting shorter and began to get longer again. Native American religion Why are there seasons? All our Native American articles Many people built stone structures [...]

14 08, 2017

American people – family, education, slavery

By |2018-04-24T11:03:47-07:00August 14th, 2017|Native American, North America, People|0 Comments

A Pueblo family with a donkey in 1885 (Detroit Publishing Company) Since 1500 AD North American people's relationships to one another have seen big changes. In the 1500s, most kids lived in small villages with their families. Many kids grew up in longhouses or pueblos, with their cousins and aunts and uncles sharing their house. Nobody went to [...]

14 08, 2017

Br’er Rabbit stories – American literature

By |2019-02-23T13:43:56-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

The printing press of the Cherokee Advocate in the 1800s, which first printed a Br'er Rabbit story (the Tar Baby) Why is he called Br'er Rabbit? Br'er Rabbit is short for "Brother Rabbit". He's a rabbit who tricks people. But sometimes he gets tricked himself! Br'er Rabbit is a lot like the African [...]

14 08, 2017

Ute get horses – American history

By |2017-08-14T09:57:14-07:00August 14th, 2017|History|0 Comments

Utes riding horses in the 1800s AD During the 1500s AD, the Utes had not yet seen any European invaders. They were still living in Utah and Colorado the way they had been living before. In the 1630s, a few Spanish explorers came to Ute territory and so people saw white men for the first [...]

14 08, 2017

Sitting Bull and Wounded Knee – Sioux history

By |2018-05-21T17:09:53-07:00August 14th, 2017|History, Native American|0 Comments

Sioux history - Red Elk Woman, a member of the Sioux When did the Sioux first meet Europeans? In the 1500s and 1600s AD, Sioux people were still living around the Great Lakes (modern Minnesota). That's where they were in 1667 when they first met French fur traders. (Read about the early Sioux) When did the [...]

14 08, 2017

The Shoshone fight the United States

By |2018-05-17T16:30:44-07:00August 14th, 2017|History, Native American|0 Comments

Shoshone history: a Shoshone woman and baby The Shoshone get horses After the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 AD, some Shoshone people in Wyoming bought horses. These horse-riders split off from the other Shoshone and became the Comanche. At that point, Shoshone history becomes separate from Comanche history. (Read more about the Comanche) The rest of the Shoshone still [...]

14 08, 2017

Shawnee and Tecumseh – American history

By |2018-04-08T21:33:38-07:00August 14th, 2017|History, Native American|0 Comments

A Shawnee cooking pot (ca. 1500 AD) The Shawnee people probably first suffered from contact with European explorers and traders shortly after 1500 AD. That's when they caught measles from their Iroquois and Mississippian neighbors. Many Shawnee died. There were fewer Shawnee people than there had been before. Shawnee people kept on living in villages, but the villages seem to have [...]