Native Americans • Objectives I can: • trace the migration routes of Native Americans to North America. • list eight cultural regions into which scholars have divided Native Americans of the contiguous United States. • identify environmental factors that promoted cultural diversity among Native American groups • describe cultural adaptations made by Native Americans living in each cultural region. The Native American’s: Vocabulary • Migrate – To move from one place and establish a home in a new place. A move of a large number of people is called a migration, and the people who move are called migrants. Some animals also migrate, usually with the seasons. Cultural Region • An area in which a group of people share a similar culture and language. Environment • All of the physical surroundings of a place, including land, water, animals, plants and climate. Natural Resources • Useful materials found in nature, including water, vegetation, animals, and minerals. • • Southwest Waterfall Great Plains Buffalo Hunt Culture A people’s way of life, including beliefs, customs, food, dwellings, and clothing. Beringia • The land bridge created 30,000 years ago during the most recent Ice Age. The forming glaciers caused the level of the sea to drop, and a route From Asia to North America opened up.