The Cherokee Indians

The American Indian History in the Eastern part of the country is
always associated with the Cherokee Indian nation. The Cherokee's were by
far the largest and most advanced of the tribes when Europeans first
arrived and came in contact with Native Americans. There are too many
tribes to go over background on every one of them, so I'm going to focus on
the Cherokee's since many of their ways and customs are so similar to all
the other tribes in the East.
When Europeans first arrived in North America, the Cherokees
occupied a large expanse of territory in the Southeast. Their homeland
included mountains and valleys in the southern part of the Appalachian
Mountain chain. Their territory ...

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the rich black soil for farming. Corn was their main source of
food, along with wild plants and roots that were common to their homeland.
They used spears, traps, and fishing lines with hooks to catch many
different kinds of fish. They also used an interesting method of poisoning
an area of water to kill the fish and gather them up as they floated to the
The Cherokees were also skilled hunters. They hunted large animals,
such as deer and bear, with bows and arrows. They covered themselves in
entire deerskins, antlers and all, and used deer calls to lure the animals
to them. They also hunted small game with blowguns that were accurate from
up to 60 feet away.
The products of their hunts were not only used for food, but for
clothing as well. They dressed in buckskin shirts and skirts, made
moccasins, capes and other items using their animal resources.
Cherokee families usually had two houses- a large summer home and a
smaller winter home. The summer houses were rectangular ...

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