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Native Americans: Origins Discuss this eTheme.

Learn about how and why the ancestors of Native Americans came to the Americas. There is information about several theories, including theories as to why some modern day Native Americans think their ancestors migrated to America. Includes a link to an eTheme resource on Native American culture and another on Mound Builders.

Grades

  • 5,
  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 8

Links

Read this history of the Native Americans. Includes information about when and how Native Americans are thought to have migrated from Siberia.
Click on "Peopling the Americas" to read about the possible origins of Native Americans.
This graph includes information about the ancient people that lived in America before the Europeans settled. NOTE: The website includes pop-up and banner ads.
This website includes a couple of theories of how and when people first came to the Americas. There is also a section called "Native American Perspective on Origins."
This is an in-depth article about the origins of people in the Americas. There is a lot of information but no images.
Read this article about new theories of when and how humans first arrived in North America.
This website from Canada explains several theories of migration. There is in-depth information about the First Nations, archaeology, anthropology, and several maps. NOTE: Reading level is too advanced for younger students, but there is valuable background information for teachers.
Students can investigate the origins of North America's first inhabitants in this lesson plan.
This is a map image showing possible entry routes for humans into North and South America.
This site has extensive information about Native American origins, including a creation myth. Explore the links at the bottom of the page to learn more. NOTE: Reading level is for older students.
This site contains a series of video segments from the documentary about new archaeological evidence about the earliest settlers of America, information about various techniques for dating artifacts, mitochondrian DNA, boat building, and more.
Learn more about the cultures of various Native American tribes. Some sites emphasize that these are "live" cultures because there are more than a million American Indians living today. Watch videos of a powwow, read biographies of famous Native Americans, and view paintings and photographs. Includes population statistics on the largest tribes and information about the controversy over the use of Native Americans as school mascots.
These sites are about ancient mounds built by a group of Native Americans referred to as Mound Builders. The tribes include the Mississippi, Hopewell, and Adena. View photographs of these mounds and find out how and why they were built.

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