The American Indians (History Channel Link) were already in America by the time the first European explorers arrived. The explorers found over three hundred tribes speaking over two thousand languages, they called them Indians, and this was way back in 1492.
Today many of the Indians have settled into the European lifestyle, some even adopting Christianity as their religion, while some remain on reservations and remain close to their roots.
The better known tribes are the Blackfoot, Sioux, Cheyennethe and Cornanchette. Back then the men were hunters and protected the tribe, while the women cared for the children and farmed the lands.
In those days you didn’t get best buy coupons or business electricity rates, so they used what was available to them on a land they had inhabited for hundreds of years.
The Indians had to fight to protect their land in the 1800’s. Various presidents during this time tried to have them removed and after many blood baths, many of them chose the European ways. Today there are five hundred and sixty recognized tribes in America.
The tribes lived like nomads, their homes were lightweight and portable, called wigwams in some cases and they moved to where there was fertile ground and comfortable living areas. They moved so much there was no point calling in San Diego floors or visiting a green surf shop, because they would just pack up their homes and move on as needed.
It is believed that the Indians came from ancestors in Asia and they arrived in America on foot by walking a bridge which lead into Canada, they didn’t carry mexican blankets or rely on an umbrella company to keep them safe, they moved around the country and soon had tribes all over North America.
While today many of the original American Indians live on reserves and reservations they are still considered US citizens and abide by the rules of the country. You can do a simple search to find out about some of the tribes as you would if you were searching for a scrabble dictionary or a lifecell review.
Gone are the days where the Indians relied on canoes to fish and horses to travel, many of them now have university degrees and live happily with the rest of the nation. If you decide to do a search be sure to click here when prompted to find out as much as possible about the people who had lived in America for years before the Europeans came knocking on their door.
From the culture and heritage we can see some of the amazing artwork and crafts these people did early on and how they survived by hunting and farming, protecting their villages and their tribes to how they were forced to adopt European culture. But even today they are proud of their heritage, which they are and who their ancestors were, it’s not something they have forgotten. There are many Indian schools where the children continue to learn the cultures that they fought so hard to keep.