Native American Cultural Regions

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Native American Cultural
Regions
Students will learn how Native Americans
interacted with their environment and what
types of homes they build as they adapted to
the environment in the different regions.
Native Americans of the
Northwest Coast
• Mild climate.
• Heavy rain most of the year.
• Dense fir, pine and cedar forests.
Native Americans of the
California-Intermountain Region
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Extreme heat and cold.
Very little rainfall.
Few plants and animals.
Redwood trees along the coast.
Oak trees, grasses and berries grew
inland.
Native Americans of the
Southwest
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Very little rainfall.
Days were hot and the nights were cold.
Very few trees and other plants.
Adobe- a type of clay that hardens like
cement used to build homes.
Native Americans of the
Plateau
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Very light rainfall.
Summers very hot and winters very cold.
Forests grew near the mountains.
Various types of animals survive in the
Plateau.
• Thick grasses and berries were plentiful.
Native Americans of the
Great Plains
• Cold winters and hot summers.
• Treeless grassland.
• Home to many animals like buffalo, deer,
bears and antelope.
Native Americans of the
Eastern Woodlands
• Many hills and valleys.
• Four different seasons (winter, spring,
summer, fall).
• Plentiful rain.
• Rich woodland forests with birch, oak and
maple trees.
• Home to many turkeys, deer, and beavers.
Native Americans of the
Southeast
• River valleys, mountains, coastal plains,
and swamps.
• Sharp grasses and forests.
• Deer, fish, alligators, and snakes lived in
this area.
• Now you will see various pictures of
homes build by Native Americans who
lived in these cultural regions.
• With your group, you must decide which
Native American region would have built
this home.
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