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U.S.History Part One--Native Americans


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Archeological digs at Cactus Hill along the Nottaway river in Virginia are challenging ideas about how the first humans came to Virginia (and North America.) 

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American Indians lived in all area of the current United States.

*    Inuit inhabited present-day Alaska and northern Canada. They lived in Arctic areas where the temperature is below freezing much of the year.

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*    Kwakiutl homeland includes the Pacific Northwest coast, characterized by a rainy, mild climate.

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*    Lakota people inhabited the interior of the United States, called the Great Plains, which is characterized by dry grasslands.

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*    Pueblo tribes inhabited the Southwest in present-day New Mexico and Arizona, where they lived in desert areas and areas bordering cliffs and mountains.

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*    Iroquois homeland includes northeast North America, called the Eastern Woodlands, which is heavily forested.

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In the past, American Indians fished, hunted, and grew crops for food. They made clothing from animal skins and plants. They constructed shelters from resources found in their environment (e.g., sod, stones, animal skins, wood).


Types of resources

·      Natural resources: Things that come directly from nature

·      Human resources: People working to produce goods and services

·      Capital resources: Goods produced and used to make other goods and services


Natural resources

The fish American Indians caught, wild animals they hunted, and crops they grew were examples of natural resources.


Human resources

People who fished, made clothing, and hunted animals were examples of human resources.


Capital resources

The canoes, bows, and spears American Indians made were examples of capital resources.
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