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Early California history – Native Americans

By |2019-07-08T15:37:47-07:00August 8th, 2017|History, Native American|

Stone carving of a fish (San Francisco, ca. 7000 BC) by early California Natives When did people reach California? The first people reached California about 17,000 BC. These early California people were probably fishing people. They came south along the Pacific coast in small boats, following the fish. More about Paleo-Indians History of [...]

Ute houses – Wickiups – Native Americans

By |2017-08-07T22:28:29-07:00August 7th, 2017|Architecture, Native American|

Wickiup - a Ute house Most people who belonged to the Ute group of Native Americans lived in what is now Utah and Colorado, in the high western plains and in the Rocky Mountains. They built wooden houses called wickiups. You build a wickiup by cutting down young willow trees (saplings). You need about thirty of them. Then [...]

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 [...]

Native Americans get horses and donkeys

By |2018-04-19T14:24:03-07:00June 20th, 2017|Native American, North America|

A Cheyenne man named Yellow Horse captures a herd of mules (Cheyenne drawing, about 1870). There had been no horses in North America since about 5600 BC, when buffalos ate their grass and then Native Americans (probably) hunted them (and camels) to extinction. But just after 1500 AD, horses returned when Spanish explorers brought [...]

Build a wickiup – Native American projects

By |2018-04-07T17:05:21-07:00June 11th, 2017|Architecture, Native American|

Ute wickiup Want to build your own wickiup? Try using a bunch of swimming noodles. Tie the ends of them together with string in pairs (two at a time), and then bend them into hoops and weigh down the ends with bricks or rocks or people standing on them. Work your way around [...]