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

Native Americans of the Plateau Region of the United States in Olden Times for Kids

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Early People of the Plateau: About 10,000 years ago, different tribes of Native Americans 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


Babies and Cradle Boards

Sharing Ceremony

Naming Ceremony



Clothing, Hats, Headdresses, Jewelry

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

The Stick Game (also called the Hand Game)


Transportation and Trade

The Horse

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