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Explore Native American Cultures!: With 25 Great Projects

Explore Native American Cultures!: With 25 Great Projects

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Explore Native American Cultures!: With 25 Great Projects

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Jan 7, 2013


Explore Native American Cultures! with 25 Great Projects introduces readers to seven main Native American cultural regions, from the northeast woodlands to the Northwest tribes. It encourages readers to investigate the daily activities—including the rituals, beliefs, and longstanding traditions—of America's First People. Where did they live? How did they learn to survive and build thriving communities? This book also investigates the negative impact European explorers and settlers had on Native Americans, giving readers a glimpse into the complicated history of Native Americans.

Readers will enjoy the fascinating stories about America's First People as leaders, inventors, diplomats, and artists. To enrich the historical information, hands-on activities bring to life each region's traditions, including region-specific festivals, technology, and art. Readers can learn Native American sign language and create a salt dough map of the Native American regions. Each project is outlined with clear step-by-step instructions and diagrams, and requires minimal adult supervision.

Jan 7, 2013

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Anita Yasuda is the author of more than one hundred books for children. She lives with her family and her dog in Huntington Beach, California.

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March 2013

ISBN: 978-1-61930-160-3

Illustrations by Jennifer K. Keller

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Chapter 1

The Northeast Woodlands

Chapter 2

The Southeast

Chapter 3

The Southwest and Mesoamerica

Chapter 4

The Great Plains

Chapter 5

The Pacific Northwest

Chapter 6

The Arctic





Pre-European Period

THE PALEO-INDIAN PERIOD: 20,000 BCE-8000 BCE It is believed that the ancestors of the Native Americans came to North America during this period.

8000 BCE: Large North American animals such as the woolly mammoth begin to die, perhaps due to a change in the climate. This is called the Great Animal Die-Off.

THE ARCHAIC PERIOD: 8000 BCE-3500 BCE People hunted and gathered their food. They did not grow their own food or live in permanent year-round settlements.

5000 BCE: Native Americans start growing maize, a type of corn.

3500 BCE: Native Americans grow squash and beans.

THE FORMATIVE PERIOD: 3500 BCE-1600 CE There is a shift from moving around to hunt and gather food to farming and living in more permanent settlements. Native American cultures flourishes. Pottery is being made.

European Colonization Period

1400—1500: European explorers arrive in North America.

1621: The Pilgrims and the Native Americans share a feast that we celebrate today as Thanksgiving.

1830: President Andrew Jackson signs the Indian Removal Act.

1838: 15,000 Cherokees are forced to relocate to Oklahoma. Because so many die on the trip, the walk becomes known as the Trail of Tears.

1876: At the Battle of Little Bighorn, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse defeat Lt. Colonel George Custer.

1964: Tribal Law is restored on reservations with the passing of the Civil Rights Act.

1978: The passing of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act makes Native American religious practices legal again.

1996: November is declared National American Indian Heritage Month by President Bill Clinton.

2004: The National Museum of the American Indian opens in Washington, D.C.


Have you ever played lacrosse or paddled a kayak? Or looked in the night sky at the CONSTELLATION Great Bear? Maybe you’ve heard stories of Earth resting on the back of a giant turtle or the great leader Hiawatha. Guess what? These are all part of Native American CULTURE.

Words to Know

CONSTELLATION: a group of stars that form a picture.

CULTURE: the beliefs and way of life of a group of people.

Who are Native Americans? Where did they come from? Native Americans are different groups of people who have lived in the Americas for thousands of years. In this book, you’ll explore the fascinating life and culture of many different groups of Native Americans in North America.

Then — In 1492, explorer Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain across the Atlantic Ocean looking for a route to India to TRADE for spices. When he landed in North America, he thought that he was in India, so he named the people he met Indians.

NOW — Today, these native people are called Native Americans, First Nations, aboriginal people, or by their tribal name.

How did Native Americans live 400 years ago, around the time people arrived in North America from Europe? What is life like now for Native American people? This book divides North America into six Native American cultural areas:

Northeast Woodlands


Southwest and MESOAMERICA


Pacific Northwest


Words to Know

TRADE: to exchange goods for other goods or money.

MESOAMERICA: the region that includes parts of Mexico and Central America.

GREAT PLAIHS: a flat area of lane that is covered with grass in the middle of North America.

ARCTIC: the region in the far north around the North Pole.

NATURAL RESOURCE: something found in nature that is useful to humans, such as water to drink, trees to burn and build with, and fish to eat.

You’ll learn how Native Americans used the NATURAL RESOURCES around them for food, shelter, and clothing. In Explore Native American Cultures! you’ll meet some amazing people like Sacagawea, Sequoyah, and Geronimo. While reading about the challenges Native Americans faced, you’ll be amazed at what they were able to invent and build long ago.

By the end of this book you’ll be making a calendar of pictures, creating a home from sticks and leaves, and using a few words in Native American sign language. There will be lots of fun facts, too. So get ready to head across North America as you Explore Native American Cultures!

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