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Nez Perce and smallpox – American history

By |2017-08-13T22:44:56+00:00August 13th, 2017|History, Native American|

Nez Perce girls Because the Nez Perce lived pretty far from the Pacific Coast, they didn't meet European explorers until the 1700s AD, more than two hundred years later than the Iroquois and Cherokee, and even later than their Chinook and Shoshone neighbors. But their isolation did not protect the Nez Perce from catching European diseases: many died of smallpox that they caught from their [...]

Early Paiute history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-07T17:05:38+00:00August 9th, 2017|History, Native American|

Strawberry Lake, in southern Oregon The Paiute, like the Shoshone, are descended from the Cochise culture. The Cochise lived in North America's southwest about 8000 BC. With the end of the last Ice Age, the southwest got too dry to support everybody. So the Cochise split up. The ancestors of the Paiute, the Shoshone, the Aztecs, and [...]

Chinook history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-19T15:03:14+00:00August 8th, 2017|History, Native American|

(University of Washington - cedar root basket) People have lived in the Pacific Northwest since the Paleo-Indian period, about 11,000 BC. They might even have arrived as early as 20,000 BC! Those first people were fishers. They may have been following the coastline, where the mussels and clams were. They also probably gathered lots of plants, berries, nuts [...]