Eastern Woodlands Indians
    In the Third grade, we investigate what life was like for the people of the Eastern Woodlands Region.  On the land where New York State is now located, many tribes used the natural resources to provide food, shelter, and clothing for their families.  The people of this region shared a strong cultural heritage.  The 2 main language groups were Iroquoian, and Algonquian, although there were many distinct tribal groups such as the Lenape, and the 5 tribes of the Iroquois Nation (Mohawk, Oneida, Cayuga, and Seneca.)  
	Life in the past was tied to the seasons, and people worked together in communities to survive.  They hunted, fished, gathered food from the wilderness, and planted staple crops such as corn, squash, and beans.  People of the Eastern Woodlands built either longhouses or wigwams, as these structures were easy to construct from the available materials, and suitable for protection in a temperate climate.
	Many Native American peoples were uprooted from their lands as European expansion and disease put stress upon their traditional way of life.  Today, the Iroquois are still independent nations that govern themselves within the borders of the U.S. and Canada.  Their way of life has evolved and changed to meet the needs of modern society, and yet keep their traditions and culture alive.   
	Please enjoy our tribute to the strength of Eastern Woodlands culture in our informational texts and historical fiction stories.
Eastern Woodlands Indians
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