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BC: Indian dog | By: Nathan Swetlow | Indian weapons


1: Lesson #1 | Eastern Woodland Indians The Eastern Woodland Indians arrived in our state of Virginia approximately 3,000 years ago, consisting of many various tribes. Unlike most tribes who had already settled there, the Woodland Indians were experienced in farming. Because of this, they were able to live in one place. Since they were able to grow crops it allowed for then to trade to other tribes, including pottery, and tools. They also invented the bow and arrow which bettered their skills in hunting, as well as gathering. Because of their surroundings, most of their geography had an impact on their culture and the way the lived.

2: Lesson #2 | Language and Diversity There were 3 predominant language groups that spread out among all of Virginia. These included: Algonquians, Iroquians, and the Siouan. These languages were unique in that they were always spoken and never written. These languages were mostly similar but not exactly alike, much like the different dialects that are used within many other languages today! Archaeologists were responsible for the majority of how each tribe gained their names. The Iroquians were spread out in two different regions of Virginia, where as the Algoquians lived mostly in the coastal plains. The Siouans lived mostly in the Piedmont area.

3: Lesson #3 Present Day People There are 8 recognized states that Native American still live in today. Eleven tribes are still present in the commonwealth of Virginia, with approximately 4,000 tribal members! In the Monocan tribe, it was a tradition to pass things down to their families. However, sum children were eager to leave their tribes in search for a better education. Due to the Racial Integrity Act, many records of each tribe were counted inaccurately, but have recently been corrected over time. As a matter of fact, Indians today now have a stronger say in todays government. Because of this, more tribes are now being formally recognized by our people. | The Rappahanock tribe still performs traditional dances.

4: Woodland Indians have certain tradishions for there dead.Woodland Indians smoked tabacco.Innovations such as baskets and pottery made farming more poupuler. | Cherokees were skilled artists using natuaral objects to make jewlery. Cherokees belived in myths and legends. | Lesson #4 | Music and dancing were important in Cherokee religon. Powhatans farmed a special type of corn called maize. | Fences sometimes surrounded the Powhatans villages. Iroqusis used to play Lacrosse. Iroqusis learned from there elders because there was no school. Algonquians children wore no clothes at all when it was warm. Algonquians settled in northeastern America and lived in wigwams.

5: 14000-21000 Indians made up the powhatan Chiefdon at one time. There are only two reservations left in Virginia | Lesson #5 | Reservation land was determined by the government. Powwow's are religious ceremonies that include dancing and music and traditional clothing that you can buy stuff at. The Mattaponi reservation is only 150 acres and it used to cover the coastal plain. The two reservations are very different:one does farming the other does fishing.

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