A group of people discovered America way before Christopher Columbus did. They were already living their lives in this yet to discover land when Columbus landed on Bahamas’ shore. This America which existed before the discovery of Christopher Columbus is called Native America. In this write-up, we will get to know all about the native American culture. So, stay tuned.
Native American Culture
The native Americans crossed a ‘land-bridge’ from Asia to America. The place where they landed is now known as Alaska. This crossing-over happened around 12,000 years ago.
The scholars landed in America in the 15th Century A.D. According to studies, there were already about 50 million people living in America when this land was discovered. The later-on United States was the home for around 10 million lives among these 50 million people.
With the passing of time, the native people adapted themselves. They delved into the new lifestyle. While some of them even went further down south to avoid modernization.
With such diversities, it was difficult for scholars to study all about native Americans. So, they divided the place into ten distinctions. The divisions are – the Arctic, the Subarctic, the Northeast, the Southeast, the Plains, the Southwest, the Great Basin, California, the Northwest Coast, and the Plateau.
Interesting Facts About The Native American Culture
- Much of the indigenous people living in the United States of America are “American Indians.” While on the other hand, most people living in Canada are “First Nations.” Both the terms are equally used to refer to either of the groups.
- The Native Americans and First Nations spoke a language named Algonquian. They, later on, met with the English explorers and many words from this language were added to the English dictionary. ‘Chipmunk’, ‘caribou’, ‘mocassin’, ‘pecan’, muskrat’, etc are words from the Algonquian dictionary which made its way to the English dictionary.
- The word ‘avocado’ is a Central Mexican language. In Mexico, it means ‘testicle.’
- The English dictionary has many Native American words too. Some of them are chia, chili, coyote, guacamole, shack, tamale, manatee, poncho, potato, etc.
- The Native American culture had a great variety in their culture, peoples, and languages. Many historians even believe that the Native Americans were living their livelihoods for more than 50,000 years.
- The government planned on eradicating the Native American culture both in the U.S. and Canada.
- Some of the Plains’ people used trees to hold dead bodies above the ground. Their intention was to protect the decaying dead body from wild animals.
- Ever wonder where the mohawk hairstyle came from? It came from the Mohawk tribe who was a part of the Native American culture.
Few More Facts
- The Plains’ men had a unique ritual. Whenever one of them killed his first buffalo, he was given the tongue. These men believed that the tongue was the tastiest part. But, people expected him to give it to his friends. That act would then be an act of generosity.
- An approximate calculation states that 22% of Native Americans spend their livelihoods on tribal lands. While about 28.2% of American Indians are below the federal poverty line. Also, 36% of the Natives die with diseases, mostly heart diseases, before the age of 65.
Can we thus conclude that the Native American culture is suffering at the hands of Modern American culture? Maybe yes. Maybe not. That we leave up to you to decide.