Grade 3 Indian Project

Indian cultures

Many different Indian groups lived in North America. Each groups had its own language and customs. A custom is the special way a group of people does something. Several groups of Indians often shared the same CULTURE. A culture is the way of life of a group of people. Every group of people, including yours, has a culture. The language you speak, the clothes you wear, the food you eat, and the religion you believe in are all part of your culture. Indian groups that shared the same culture had the same way of finding food and building houses. They depended on the same natural resources and used them in the same way. For example, the Plains Indians shared the same land, dressed the same way, spoke the same language, hunted for food, and practiced religion in the same way. That is why they are considered to be their own culture group.

 

Culture

Homes

Food

Clothing

Interesting Facts

Northwest

Culture

wooden lodges

salmon and other fish

made of tree bark

totem poles;potlatch ceremony

California-Intermountain

Culture

wickiups

acorns; fish and shellfish

made of animal skins

basket-making

Southwest

Culture

adobe apartment buildings

corn; beans, squash

made of cotton fibers

pottery and basket-making; Kachina dolls

Plains

Culture

tepees

buffalo

made of buffalo hides

war bonnets

Eastern Woodland Culture

longhouses; wigwams

deer; rabbit; squirrel; berries

made from hides of small animals

la crosse; wampum; weaving

 

Native Americans

The Northwest Culture

The Five Cultures

The California-Intermountain Culture

Indian Shelters

The Plains Culture

Indian Legends and Links

The Southwest Culture

Credits

The Woodlands Culture