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The Southeast Indians

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S: Maria Granados, Daisi Santiag, Jessica Wilson

BC: Maria Granados Daisi Santiago Jessica Wilson

FC: The Southeast Indians

1: History The Spanish explorers arrived in the 1500`s. Native Americans were thriving in the Southeast.The Southeast stretched across what is now the U.S. states of West Virgina ,South Florida and eastern Texas.Valleys,mountains,and swamps covered the area. The Southeast Indians lived in this area for about 5,000 years .They farmed , built homes, and hunted.

2: Social structure In the southeast many people lived in family groups called clans.The clans lived in villages.The villages were led by a chief and a group of elders.The differences between clans often caused groups to form new tribes.In the 1700`s, some creek Indians formed new tribes called the Seminoles.

5: Homes The homes in the southeast changed with the seasons.In the summer Cherokee Indians kept cool in homes made of clay.The layers of grass covered the roof.In the winter they lived in ground houses made of wood ,mud,and grass.The tribes built houses from materials they got from land.

6: Food The land in the southeast was good for farming .The tribes grew corn, beans and squash.The Cherokee Indians called them the "three sisters". The tribes ate these foods at every meal.The tribes hunted food also.

9: Clothing Native Americans of the hot southeast needed little clothing .The women wore skirts or dresses. Men wore breech clothes with a belt ,leggings and moccasins.The children often wore no clothing.

11: Trading The Southeast Indians traded to get what they could not find in nature.They traded golds ,and shared ideas with other tribes.The tribes living along the coast traded shells with the inland tribes.Shells were often used to make wampum. The Cherokee often used wampum to record laws and history.

13: Leisure Time Many southeast tribes played outdoor games.The tribes often competed against each other.Stick ball was a poplar game.The tribes often played stick ball to settle differences.Players tossed a deer skin ball toward a goal using sticks with nets.

15: Traditions Mostly all the tribes held ceremonies to honor nature .The green corn ceremony is celebrated at the first corn harvest of the season.During this ceremony people gave thanks for crops and peace between tribes. The ceremony also marked the start of a new year.During the celebration tribes danced, sang and held a feast.

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