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Native Americans in Olden Times for Kids


Come meet the early people of the Americas in olden times. Learn what people invented to make themselves happy and comfortable. Read fabulous myths! Play games! Meet mischievous magical beings. Explore the daily life of the people who lived in the Americas a long time ago - some of them right here, in your backyard.

Start here

About 40,000 years ago

First Nations of North America

Northeast Woodland Tribes and Nations

Southeast Woodland Tribes and Nations

Plains Indians

Southwest Indians

Pacific Coastal Northwest Indians

Inland Plateau People

Native Americans of the Far North, Arctic, the Inuit

California Indians

Mexico, Central & South America

The Inca Empire

The Maya Empire

The Aztec Empire

See Also: European Explorers in the New World

Other Sections

Stories, Myths, and Legends

Symbol Stories




Medicine Man


Totem Poles

The Pow-wow, Pow-wow Dances, & Pow-wow Etiquette

The Potlatch

Native American Art

Games & Things to Make and Do


Some Principal Tribes

Comparison Chart (Europeans & Indians)

Lesson Plans for Teachers

Free Fun Clip Art for Native Americans



Books we used:

  • American's Fascinating Indian Heritage, Reader's Digest, 1978

  • Indians of Yesterday by Marion E. Gridley, sponsored by the Indian Council Fire, 1940

  • Indians of the Americans, National Geographic Society, 1958

  • Indian Reservations, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Dept of the Interior, 1950

  • Questions on Indian Culture, by Dr. Ruth Underhill, University of Denver, Bureau of Indian Affairs, pamphlet, 1953

  • Dakota and Ojibwa People, Minnesota Historical Society, 1985

  • Regions Far and Near for a Changing World, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, 1995

  • Seminole Music by Frances Densmore

Special thanks to:

Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, WA, for our private tour, and an opportunity to learn a great deal about the early Americas. Thank you!

Dr. Adams. Over the years, Dr. Adams has been a consultant to the Sioux, Winnebago, Fox, and other tribes in the Midwest on community development. He also participated in a federal project for communication and values differences among cultures, resulting in a website - a multicultural toolkit.

This section could not have been written without the many Native American people who do not wish their names to be listed, who shared information generously with us. We are most grateful for it!

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