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Unit 4 Native Americans

There is no textbook reference for this, however, this link is really good!
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/history/shp/americanwest/
This is quite good on ALL the Native Americans for North and South America, but you only need those who lived in Mexico, US and Canada
http://www.angelfire.com/realm/shades/nativeamericans/nativeamericans.htm is also good but go for the sections that are useful to you
http://www.historyworld.net/wrldhis/PlainTextHistories.asp?groupid=1091&HistoryID=ab05&gtrack=pthc is good despite referring to the Native Americans as American Indians!

Introduction:

I guess the first thing to know about the native peoples of North America is they are NOT Red Indians. That was just a mistake made by Christopher Columbus that stuck! Native American is as good a name as any other and they were there long before the Bristish/French/Spanish arrived. In fact as you heard a few weeks ago, in all probability the first Europeans to meet the Native Americans were the Vikings.
During the last Ice Age, so much of the available water was piled up as ice on the land, that the sea levels dropped. During the time 60,000 years ago right to 25,000 years ago, there was solid land between Russia and Alaska called the Bering Bridge ( which is now the flooded Bering Straits). So many assume that Native Americans used this land bridge to cross into North America. Certainly facially, there are people from that part of Asia, as you will see later, that do look very much many of the peoples we think of as Native Americans. But the earliest archaeological evidence we have of Native Americans only goes back 12,000 years, but that could just be because they did were nomadic up until that time and so have not left anything for us to find.
We will look at how they lived, what they did, what they thought and believed and certainly question whether they were stupid savages who needed to be taught the correct way to do things that the Europeans seemed to think they were. Finally we will look to see how Native Americans as independent people lost the fight.


Lesson 1: Who were the Native American?

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Lesson 2: Who were the Plains Native American?

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Lesson 3: Lakotan Beliefs

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Lesson 4: Tlingit

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For picture ideas:

http://www.papertotempoles.com/allanimals.htm for land animals

http://www.papertotempoles.com/allbirds.htm for birds

http://www.papertotempoles.com/allwater.htm for underwater creatures

Also http://www.papertotempoles.com/symbols.htm tells you even more about what the symbols mean.



Lesson 5: The settlers

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Lesson 6: The End of the Native American Nations

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