In the beginning and for thousands of years, the women of
the Plateau made clothes woven of Tule reeds. Tule is a really
tough reed that grew wild. These reeds were collected and
stored. They were very important to the tribe. They were so
tough and durable, and could be woven so tightly together, that
homes were often made of Tule reeds. The women made clothes from
other plants as well. These clothes included leggings, skirts,
moccasins, shirts, aprons, and robes – all made from plants.
They used fur, feathers, beads, and shells to decorate their
As time went on, they had more
contact with the Plains Indians. The people of the Plateau began to make clothes
from deer hide and other leathers as did the Plains Indians.
Hides allowed paint to be used, and colorful dyes made from plants, along
with beads, pieces of fur and feathers. Their paintings and designs told a
story. The people of the Plateau
were very artistic. They never just made clothing. They made works of art that
you could wear, with designs that were both colorful and meaningful.
Hats and Headdresses:
Hats were made from different materials for winter and summer wear.
Their hat design was distinctive – it was a conical shape like a flat top
tee-pee. Men, women, children, and babies all wore conical hats. Headdresses
were different. Headdresses were huge affairs and wore at ceremonies. The more
elaborate the headdress, the more important the person.
Men, women, children, and babies all wore jewelry made of shells, hide,
feature, fur, stone, wood, and other materials.
Like everything else, jewelry was designed and painted to be both
beautiful and have meaning.
Carvings, Beadwork, Baskets, Mats, Tools, Designs
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Northeast Woodland Tribes and Nations
- The Northeast Woodlands include all five great lakes as well as the Finger Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River. Come explore the 3 sisters,
longhouses, village life, the League of Nations, sacred trees, snowsnake games, wampum, the
arrowmaker, dream catchers, night messages, the game of sep and more. Special Sections:
The Lenape Indians. Read two
myths: Wise Owl and
The Invisible Warrior.
Southeast Woodland Tribes and Nations
- The Indians of the Southeast were considered members of the Woodland Indians. The
people believed in many deities, and prayed in song and dance
for guidance. Explore the darkening land, battle techniques, clans and marriage, law and order, and
more. Travel the Trail of Tears.
Indians and Cherokee
Plains Indians - What was life like in
what is now the Great Plains region of the United States? Some
tribes wandered the plains in search of foods. Others settled down and grew crops. They spoke different
was the buffalo so important? What different did horses make?
What was coup counting? Who was
Southwest Indians -
Pueblo is not the
name of a tribe. It is a Spanish word for village. The Pueblo People are the decedents of the
Navajo and the
Apache arrived in the southwest in the 1300s. They
both raided the peaceful
Pueblo tribes for food and
other goods. Who were the Devil Dancers? Why are blue stones important? What is a wickiup? Who was
Child of Water?
Pacific Coastal Northwest Indians -
What made some of the Pacific Northwest Indian tribes "rich" in ancient times? Why were woven mats so
important? How did totem poles get started? What was life like
in the longhouse? What were money blankets and coppers? How did
the fur trade work? How did
Raven Steal Crow's
Inland Plateau People - 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. Each village was independent, and each had a
democratic system of government. They were deeply religious and believed spirits could be found
everything - in both living and non-living things. Meet the
California Indians - The Far West was
a land of great diversity. Death Valley and Mount Whitney are the highest and lowest points in the
United States. They are within sight of each other. Tribes living in what would become California were
as different as their landscape.