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Native Americans

Native Americans of the East coast

TermDefinition
Archaeologist Scientists who learn by digging up tools, bones, and carvings that tell how people lived longed ago.
History A written record of people.
Prehistoric A time before there were written records.
Arrowheads Sharp stone points on a wooden spear, used for hunting.
Resources Natural materials found in the environment.
Clans A small group of Indians who lived in the same place.
Village Several clans made it up; each had a chief.
Councils A meeting of chiefs. This meeting was led by a sachem and they met around a fire.
Sachem The chief of all the clans and bands.
Longhouse A rectangular building with doors, end to end, and a hole in the roof for venting smoke. This sheltered many families.
Wampum Beaded bands or belts used by Native Americans as a form of gift exchange.
Legend Stories handed down from one generation to the next generation.
Slash and burn farming A process in which men would burn a patch of forest, then women will plant plant corn, beans and squash between the burned stumps.
Artifact Objects humans have made in the past.
Algonquin Groups A group made up of the Delaware, Mahicans, Montauks, and Wappinger tribes.
Customs The usual way of doing things.
Created by: Ken K