How did the Native Americans live and govern themselves in the 16th century?

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Well, there were different Native American clans/tribes in the 16th Century.  Even though there were different clans/tribes, they pretty much  all lived in harmony with the land. The natives of Virginia were ruled by a military and trade based confederation of 12 tribes.  Unlike the Europeans, they had no concept of private property. Their people were descried as tall, straight and proportioned.  Their skins were red,  or even seemed like a copper brownish color, eyes were black and they had long, black coarse hair.  They acted strong and firm, capable of handling great hardship and fatigue.

What  would the colonists have done without the Native Americans?  They would not have survived .

The Natives had wisdom of the land.   Their religion was based on nature and geography.  We can learn from this wisdom today as we try to preserve natural resources.

How did they survive in the cold weather?  They used every part of the sacred animals they hunted. How did they really talk to each other?  I can only imagine what they must have thought of their first encounter with the European colonists.

 

.http://www.celebrateboston.com/history/native-americans.htm

 

 

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One Response to “How did the Native Americans live and govern themselves in the 16th century?”

  1. bonita on October 10th, 2014 1:13 pm

    Native Americans had an interesting life during the time. Today we can not live in the way they lived because we have different types of living; more modern. In some ways it is better but other ways it is not because we have contaminated the environment.

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