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Historical Foundations & Native People - Chapter Summary
The instructors of the video lessons found within this chapter will provide you with clear and comprehensive lessons on the different groups of native people found in the Americas prior to European colonization. The lessons will introduce you to specific Native American tribes, their histories and their cultures.
Each lesson will be extremely useful for getting a much more comprehensive account of these different groups of Native Americans, such that you will be able to both articulate facts about their social norms and customs as well as their significance in early American history. When you finish this chapter, you will be able to:
- List specific Native American tribes discussed in the videos
- Identify where they lived on the North American continent
- Elaborate on their cultures and customs
- Place them within a framework of American history
- Recognize their significance to American history
The instructors of each lesson have experience teaching in these areas, so all of the information you learn will be accurate and easy-to-understand. If you wish to save specific points in each video for future reference, you can do so by using the video tags located in each lesson. Once you have finished all of the lessons, be sure to test your understanding of some of these topics by taking the chapter's helpful practice quizzes.
1. Organizing History with Calendars, Maps & Periodization
While historians may not have fancy labs to help make sense of their work, this does not mean that they are without specialized tools. This lesson discusses three of those tools, namely calendars, maps and periodization.
2. Chronology: Time, Continuity & Change
In this lesson we will learn about chronology as it relates to the discipline of history. We will learn how time, continuity, and change affect the flow of history.
3. Native American History: Origins of Early People in the Americas
Because the first humans and civilizations got their start in Africa and the Middle East, historians and anthropologists have had to figure out how Native Americans got to the Americas. In this lesson we look at the three prevailing theories of the earliest migration to the New World.
4. Pre-Columbian Civilization: North American Indians Before Europeans
Watch this video for an overview of the cultural groups of Native Americans as they lived at the time of first contact with Europeans. Some of these groupings, like the tribes of the plains, changed so much due to the addition of European influences, such as horses, that there is only conjecture as to how exactly they lived before European contact.
5. Pawnee Tribe: Facts & History
The Pawnee are a group of semi-nomadic Native Americans who traditionally lived in the Great Plains. Learn about their society, culture, and religion, as well as how their lives were changed when white settlers entered their lands in the 19th century.
6. The Apache, Navajo & Mandan Civilizations
In this lesson, we explore three Native American tribes in, what is today, the America's Southwest and Midwest. Though all three were different cultures, they were all ultimately decimated by the same thing: contact with European settlers.
7. Hopi Indian Tribe: Facts, History & Culture
The Hopi tribe is comprised of agricultural people who live in the Southwest United States. Learn about their society, politics, and religion, as well as how they have dealt with contact with Europeans throughout time.
8. Pequot Indians: History & Overview
In this lesson, you'll learn how the Pequot Indians lived before the arrival of the Europeans and what happened when the European colonists settled in America.
9. Powhatan Confederacy: Definition & History
The Powhatan Confederacy was a group of Native American tribes during the 17th century that settled in Virginia. Learn how they rose in power under Powhatan, how they reacted to English colonists at Jamestown, and how they ended up in decline.
10. Wampanoag Tribe: People, History & Role in First Thanksgiving
Europeans were not well received by most Indian tribes because most Europeans came wanting to claim land and find riches, but the natives did not believe in true ownership of the land. The Wampanoag Tribe, however, tried to find a way to coexist with the Europeans. Learn about this tribe and why we celebrate them every year.
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