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Native Americans. Where could they have come from?. Where did the early Native Americans come from?. Bering Land Bridge ( Beringia ). Kenniwick Man. Thor Hyerdahl : Ra I & Ra II. Polynesians. Bering Land Bridge or Beringia. Why is he important? 9,300 years old Features are not Indian

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Where did the early Native Americans come from?

Bering Land Bridge (Beringia)

Kenniwick Man

Thor Hyerdahl: Ra I & Ra II


Bering Land Bridge



Why is he important?

  • 9,300 years old

  • Features are not Indian

  • Features are not Asian

  • Features ARE Caucasian

  • Spear wound in hip

  • Found in…..

Kenniwick Man

Thor Hyerdahl


North america migrations
North America Migrations

Bering Land Bridge


Trans-Atlantic: Boats

Asian and/or Caucasians

Trans-Pacific: Boats

Trans-Atlantic: Boats


Trans-Pacific: Boats


  • During the 1600s European powers began asserting themselves in North America.

  • Who were the main colonizers of North America?

    England, Spain and France

  • Native Americans were seen as “savages” by many Europeans.

  • Generally, Europeans saw little value in Native American traditions because they were considered to be inferior.

  • What were the two main reasons for the decimation of Native Americans?

    Disease and the loss of the buffalo.

Pre colonial north america
Pre-Colonial North America

  • There were an estimated 10 million Native Americans living in what is now the US when the Europeans arrived.

  • Today, there are about 2.5 million Native Americans living in the US.

  • Although African Americans were allowed to vote in 1870…Native Americans didn’t get that right until 1924.

  • Tribes living on reservations are “sovereign” nations and are not subjected to obey state laws.

And then
And then…….

  • It’s a long story, but Native American culture faded as the newcomers gained control of the continent.

  • The United States government didn’t know what to do with their “Indians.”

  • Eventually all Native Americans were assimilated into white culture or placed on reservations and treated like 3rd class people.