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The Hopewell Native Americans. By: Allison Fritsch and Lauren Mayhugh. Time Period. started 100 BC ended AD 500. Developed. From Adena culture. Location. Ohio and Illinois river valleys. Houses. V ery few Hopewell houses have been found and even fewer Hopewell villages.

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The Hopewell Native Americans

By: Allison Fritsch and Lauren Mayhugh

Time Period

  • started 100 BC ended AD 500


  • From Adena culture


  • Ohio and Illinois river valleys


  • Very few Hopewell houses have been found and even fewer Hopewell villages.

  • Lived in square houses


  • Had leaders, but they were not like powerful rulers who could command armies of slaves and soldiers

  • Acquired their position because of their ability to persuade others to agree with them on important matters such as trade and religion.


  • raised corn and possibly beans and squash but still relied on hunting and gathering

  • hunted rabbit, elk, bear, turkey, grouse, raccoon, duck, squirrel, and deer.

  • prepared food by heating up stones over a fire, then putting the stones in a pot of water which boiled the water. Then they put the food in the boiling water and it cooked until it was ready to eat.


  • carved spear points out of obsidian

  • Two Hopewell blades composed of Flint Ridge flint were located at the Eiden archaeological site near the confluence of the Black River and French Creek.


  • made very nice works of art.

  • used obsidian, sharks' teeth, turtle shells, and flints.

  • made bracelets and beads out of copper.

  • artists made mica into mirrors and fragile animal and human shapes.


  • Women wore their hair pinned in a bun with a wooden dowel or with bones, sometimes in a knot or ponytail

  • Men wore their hair in a Mohawk and wore ornaments from head to toe.  


  • Mounds larger and more elaborate than the Adenas

  • Mounds have given the Hopewell their second name, the Mound Builders.

  • used for burials, molded into symbolic shapes effigies of animals with nothing inside, used as foundations for temples, platforms for mounds built on top of mounds.


  • disappeared with little explanation around 500 AD

Fun Facts

  • first Ohio natives to be magnificent artisans

  • skilled at creating ornaments and other objects

  • developed form of writing


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