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Early Cheyenne history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-07T17:05:53+00:00September 28th, 2017|History, North America|

Cheyenne history: For a long time, Cheyenne people lived in Minnesota, along rivers like this one. Algonquin and Cheyenne Cheyenne people are related to the Algonquin people. From the Paleo-Indian period onward Cheyenne people lived in the Great Lakes area (in modern Minnesota). They were related to other Algonquin people like the Blackfoot and the Cree. "Cheyenne" is [...]

What is plate tectonics? Earthquakes and volcanoes

By |2018-04-18T09:54:07+00:00September 21st, 2017|Geology|

The world as seen from space (flattened out) When you look at a map of the world, it seems as though it was always like that - North America on top of South America, Europe north of Africa, Australia off at the bottom right. But really all of the dry land on Earth moves around like floating shapes about 60 miles [...]

Algonquin history – Early Native Americans

By |2018-04-07T17:05:32+00:00August 8th, 2017|History, Native American|

Algonquin history: Algonquin arrowhead from about 1 AD. It's made from stone imported from south of the Great Lakes From Athabascan to Algonquin Algonquin tradition says that people who called themselves Algonquins first lived along the Atlantic Coast, in the north-eastern part of North America, north of the Iroquois and south of the Inuit (in modern Canada). [...]

Playing an Inuit game with seal bones

By |2018-04-20T22:33:17+00:00August 8th, 2017|Games, Modern Europe|

This is a variation on a traditional Inuit game. Print out the outline of the seal flipper bones and cut on the lines to get each bone separate from the others. Make a set of bones for each player. Now mix up all the bones and put them in a bag. Each player draws five [...]

Iroquois food – What did Iroquois people eat?

By |2018-12-05T15:26:45+00:00August 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 [...]

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 [...]

Cherokee environment and climate – Native Americans

By |2018-11-13T08:47:49+00:00August 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 [...]

Bison history – North America

By |2018-04-09T23:06:21+00:00August 8th, 2017|Environment, North America|

Bison history: A bison losing his warm winter coat Bison or buffalo? Bison (we used to call them buffalo) are a kind of cattle, like cows. Like other cows such as the aurochs, bison came originally from Asia, and they probably travelled over a land bridge to get to North America. This might have been around 10,000 BC. The bison [...]

Where are the Appalachian mountains?

By |2018-06-01T23:36:30+00:00June 25th, 2017|Geology, North America|

The Appalachian Mountains When did the Appalachian Mountains form? About 300 million years ago, near the end of the Carboniferous period, when the first reptiles were evolving, the tectonic plates began to form the supercontinent of Pangaea. (More about plate tectonics) How high were the Appalachians when they were new? When the Euramerica [...]