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History and Geography Meme #181: American Indians, lesson 7: Native Americans, part 1: Northeastern Indians

American Indians, lesson 7:  Native Americans, part 1: Northeastern Indians


  • Read about the Indians of this cultural area. List the tribes on the large map you created.
  • Draw pictures of artifacts, tools, clothes and houses unique to this area.
  • Study the houses used in this area. Observe the materials that are used in this area. You could make a model of a wigwam or longhouse out of similar materials you can gather outside.
  • What is the weather like in the Northeast? How did this affect what houses the Northeastern Indians lived in? What did they eat?



The Northeast Indians lived in an area of cold winters and warm summers. Their houses protected them from the cold winter weather. Long houses held many people. The long house was divided into many small living spaces for related family groups. Several long houses formed a community. Some of the Northeast Indians were farmers, while others relied on hunting, fishing and gathering. Maple sugar was plentiful in the Northeast.




  • Read about the Iroquois' sachems. Women could not become sachems but they could remove a sachem if he did not perform up tho their expectations. Discuss their method of decision making.
  • Read about the importance of religion in the lives of the Northeastern Indians. Read about their beliefs and their practices. Compare their religions with Christianity.
  • The Iroquois played lacrosse. What are the similarities and differences between their form of lacrosse and our own?
  • The Northeastern Indians were some of the first to meet European settlers. Read about Squanto, a Patuxet Indian, who helped the settlers. Discuss what happened between the Indians and the early settlers that caused them to become hostile toward each other.


Sources and resources:

  • Incans, Aztecs and Mayans, John Holzmann
  • The World of Columbus and Sons, Genevieve Foster
  • The Kingfisher World History Encyclopedia
  • Homeschool Curriculum, Grade 6


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1 comment:

  1. I was just watching a short video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=12&v=nQoZ_5WxsGY) from the Henricus/Jamestown website about a great....great grandmother - Alice Proctor's encounter with the natives. I thought you might find the story interesting.

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