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The Plateau Indians in Olden Times for Kids

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Early People of the Plateau:  About 10,000 years ago, different tribes of Indians settled in the Northwest Inland Plateau region of the United States and Canada, located between two huge mountain ranges - the Rockies and the Cascades. The Plateau stretches from BC British Columbia all the way down to nearly Texas. These early people were hunters and gatherers. They did not live on the Pacific Coast. Instead, they lived inland. But the area was rich with waterways - everything from huge river systems to tiny creeks.

These different tribes had many cultural similarities.  They were nomadic and moved around throughout the year collecting food to store for the cold winter ahead. They had a winter home, a summer home, and temporary homes as needed for various activities. Each village was independent, and each had a democractic system of government. They were deeply religious and believed spirits could be found everything - in both living and non-living things. Perhaps the most important thing these tribes had in common was their belief in sharing.

The Geography

The Various Tribes

Family, Independent Villages, Democractic Government

Improving Nature, Hunting Parties, and Fishing Stations - Food

Religion and the Shaman

Story: The Medicine Man

Spirit Guides

Ceremonies

Marriage and Weddings

Babies and Cradle Boards

Sharing Ceremony

Naming Ceremony

Homes

Cooking

Clothing, Hats, Headdresses, Jewelry

Crafts, Carvings, Beadwork, Baskets, Mats, Tools, Designs

The Stick Game (also called the Hand Game)

Historians/Storytellers/Teachers

Transportation and Trade

The Horse

For Teachers

Free Powerpoints about the Plateau People

Free Lesson Plans and Background Info about the Plateau People

Native American Games to Play in the Classroom (scroll down)

Free Clip Art

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