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The Shoshone fight the United States

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

Chinook and malaria – American history

By |2017-08-12T17:47:19+00:00August 12th, 2017|History, Native American|

A Chinook woman Because the Chinook lived so far north and west, they didn't have any contact with European invaders in the 1500s or 1600s AD. So we don't know much about what the Chinook were doing during these two centuries. But in 1792, the Chinook who lived along the Pacific coast met the American sea captain Robert [...]

The First Native Americans

By |2018-11-09T07:55:58+00:00August 9th, 2017|History, Native American|

The first Native Americans probably ran into a lot of glaciers like this one. How people got to the Americas The history of North America up to 1500 AD is a story of a continent that started out empty and gradually got more and more crowded. Probably the first people to come to North America [...]

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 [...]

Native American food – North America – pemmican and succotash

By |2018-04-24T09:40:41+00:00August 8th, 2017|Food, Native American|

Native American food: Inuit carving of a sea lion Hunting and gathering wild food Early on, until about 2000 BC, people in North America ate only wild foods that they could hunt or gather. Salmon, wapato, pine nuts and acorn flour These foods varied according to the environment where each group of people lived. Inuit people, who lived in the far north along [...]

Salmon and sweet potato fries

By |2018-04-11T18:28:05+00:00August 8th, 2017|Food, Native American|

Cooked salmon Salmon and sweet potato fries makes a yummy and very healthy dinner, and it's easy to cook, too. You'll need the following things: a fillet of salmon (salmon with the bones already cut out, which is most salmon you'll find at the store). We get about 1/4 pound per person, but [...]

Chinook food – What did Chinook people eat?

By |2018-04-18T23:40:05+00:00August 8th, 2017|Food, Native American|

Smoking salmon the Chinook way, on cedar sticks People in the Pacific Northwest like the Chinook and the Nez Perce did not farm or keep animals. There was always so much fish that nobody needed to start farming and they could just keep on fishing for their food. Mostly Chinook and Nez Perce people ate wild roots like wapato [...]

Native American Scavenger Hunt

By |2018-04-18T23:40:06+00:00June 11th, 2017|Food, Native American, Science|

Native American Scavenger hunt: Blueberries are a Native fruit! Finding Native things at home How many things can you find around your house that Native American people had before 1500 AD (before the European invasion)? If you don't find many around your house, how many can you find in a grocery store or [...]

Food in Early Central Asia

By |2018-04-16T10:38:08+00:00May 31st, 2017|Central Asia, Food|

Dried sour yogurt balls in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (thanks to Jeff and Becca Zanatta) The nomads who lived in Central Asia, like the Scythians, the Mongols and the Turks, mostly lived on the meat and milk from their big herds of cattle. They ate a lot of yogurt and cheese and steaks, and dried strips [...]