Native Americans were the first people to
live in North America. They lived in America for thousands of years
before Christopher Columbus arrived. They were here before the
pilgrims, the colonists, or the pioneers.
There are many different Native American
tribes that have lived and still live in North America today. Each
Native American community, or tribe, is unique. Each tribe has its
own culture, or way of life. Each has its own language,
traditions, and beliefs. Food, clothing, and shelter are part of
Throughout history, many Native American
tribes hunted, fished, and grew their own food. Other tribes
followed the buffalo herds which provided them with meat. Today,
Native Americans still do most of these things except hunt buffalo.
They also get their food from grocery stores just like your family.
History also tells us that each North
American tribe had its own style of dress. Some wore deerskin and
animal fur. Some tribes wore a headdress with feathers. Today,
Native Americans dress up in their tribe's traditional clothing for
celebrations such as powwows. A powwow is a festival where
dancing, drumming, contests, and food is shared. On most
days, Native Americans wear everyday clothes just like you.
Long ago, tribal homes were different, too.
Homes were suited to the place where they lived. Eastern Woodlands
tribes lived in longhouses. Some tribes on the plains lived in
teepees that could travel easily with them as they followed the buffalo.
Other tribes in the southwest lived in pueblos which were homes made with
adobe bricks. Some made their homes from blocks of ice called
igloos. Today, many Native Americans live in modern homes like you do.
Many of the things we use today were
introduced to us by Native Americans. Kayaks, canoes, toboggans, and
snowshoes came from Native Americans. They also introduced us to
popcorn. Native Americans are well-known for their beautiful
baskets, pottery, and jewelry.
Native Americans have great respect for the
Earth. They believe we must live in harmony with nature and protect
all life on the planet. Native Americans are very thankful to Mother
Earth and what she provides.
Use the above information to complete the
1. Native Americans were the
people to live in North America.
2. They lived in America for
years before Columbus arrived.
3. A Native American community may
also be called a
way of life.
5. Which of the following are part of
Native American culture?
All of the above.
festival where dancing and drumming take place.
True or False?
7. In the past, all Native American
tribes lived in teepees.
8. Native Americans introduced us to
9. Native Americans have great
respect for the Earth.
10. Native Americans live in North
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