Native Americans of the Northeast Region of the United States for Kids and Teachers Illustration

Northeast Woodland Indians in Olden Times for Kids

Who were the Three Sisters? What were the Snow Snake Games? How do you play Butterfly Hide and Seek and the Moccasin Pebble Game? Why was the League of Nations so unusual? What was wampum? What was considered good manners. How did they live? Did kids go to school? Find out here. Welcome to the Northeast Woodland Indians in Olden Times.

Who were the Northeast Woodland Indians?

There is a huge geographic area in the northeastern part of the United States that is known as the Woodlands. The Woodlands include all five great lakes - Lake Ontario, Erie, Huron, Michigan, and Superior - as well as the Finger Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River.

No early people had it easy, but the Woodland Region certainly offered many opportunities to find food and shelter. There were wild fruits and vegetables. There was plenty of wood available from birch, oak, elm, fir, and maple trees to use as firewood and to make homes and tools.

As early people wandered into the Woodland Region, many stayed. Thousands of years later, when European colonists began moving into the same area, they called these early people the Woodland Indians. By the time the European colonists arrived, there were many different groups of people who made their home in the Woodlands.

Today, the Iroquois people, the Ojibwa/Chippewa, and the Lenape Indians live like their non-Indian neighbors, but they still enjoy many of their old traditions. Click on the links below to explore the Woodland Indians in olden times.

Iroquois Nation in Olden Times for Kids

Ojibwa/Chippewa in Olden Times for Kids

The Lenape Indians in Olden Times for Kids

Stories and Games

Wise Owl - An Iroquois Creation Myth
Wise Owl in PowerPoint format

The Invisible Warrior

The Medicine Man

Online Interactive Native American Games

Lesson Plans

Northeast Woodland Indians
Northeast, New England States, lower Canada, westward to Minnesota, and north of the Ohio River

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Interactive Games

Stories from many tribes



Homes - Longhouses, Wigwams, and more



Village Life

Comparison Chart

Native American Recipes like Maple Syrup Snow Candy

European Explorers

Free Presentations in PowerPoint format about Native Americans

Free Fun Clip Art for Native Americans

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