Native Americans

The indigenous peoples of the Americas are the pre-Columbian inhabitants of the Americas, their descendants, and many ethnic groups who identify with those peoples. They are often also referred to as Native Americans, First Nations and by Christopher Columbus' historical mistake Indians, modernly disambiguated as the American Indian race, American Indians, Amerindians, Amerinds or Red Indians. It's now considered racially insensitive to call this race "Red Indians".

According to the still-debated New World migration model, a migration of humans from Eurasia to the Americas took place via Beringia, a land bridge which formerly connected the two continents across what is now the Bering Strait. These early Paleoamericans soon spread throughout the Americas, diversifying into many hundreds of culturally distinct nations and tribes. According to the oral histories of many of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, they have been living there since their genesis, described by a wide range of traditional creation accounts.

Application of the term "Indian" originated with Christopher Columbus, who thought that he had reached India (his original destination). This served to imagine a kind of racial or cultural unity for the aboriginal peoples of the Americas. Once created, the unified "Indian" was codified in law, religion, and politics. The unitary idea of "Indians" was not originally shared by indigenous peoples, but many now embrace the identity.

While some indigenous peoples of the Americas were historically hunter-gatherers, many practiced aquaculture and agriculture. The impact of their agricultural endowment to the world is a testament to their time and work in reshaping, taming, and cultivating the flora indigenous to the Americas. Some societies depended heavily on agriculture while others practiced a mix of farming, hunting, and gathering. In some regions the indigenous peoples created monumental architecture, large-scale organized cities, chiefdoms, states, and massive empires.

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Blue Feather's Vision
Adventures in Colonial America
by James Knight
from Troll Publishing
Non-fiction for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Colonial America (1690-1765) (Location: HISA-17COL)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky
by Chief Seattle, Susan Jeffers
1st edition from Dial Books for Young Readers
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE-PIC)
Girl Who Loved Wild Horses
by Paul Goble
from Aladdin Paperbacks
Native American Legends for Kindergarten-2nd grade
1979 Caldecott Medal winner
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Good Hunting, Blue Sky
from HarperCollins
for Preschool-1st grade
in I Can Read Books (Location: EAR-ICR)
$1.60 (1 in stock)
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
from Scholastic Inc.
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
$1.60 (1 in stock)
In My Mother's House
by Ann Nolan Clark
from Viking Press
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
1942 Caldecott Honor Book
in Clearance: Picture Books (Location: CLE-PIC)
Knots on a Counting Rope
by Bill Martin Jr., John Archambault
Reprint from Henry Holt and Company
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Legend of the Indian Paintbrush
by Tomie dePaola
1st edition from Putnam Juvenile
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
More Than Moccasins
by Laurie Carlson
from Chicago Review Press
for Kindergarten-6th grade
in Native Americans (Location: HISA-19NAT)
$8.00 (2 in stock)
Plains Indians - Coloring Book
from Spizzirri Press
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Native Americans (Location: HISA-19NAT)
Rain Player
by David Wisniewski
from Clarion Books
for Preschool-2nd grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
by Gerald McDermott
from Harcourt Children's Books
for Preschool- 3rd Grade
1994 Caldecott Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Story of Jumping Mouse
by John Steptoe
from HarperCollins
Native American Fable for Preschool-2nd grade
1985 Caldecott Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Ten Little Rabbits
by Virginia Grossman
from Chronicle Books
for Nursery-1st grade
in Board Books (Location: PIC-BOARD)
Thanks to the Animals
by Allen Sockabasin
for Preschool-1st grade
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Very First Americans
by Cara Ashrose
from Grosset & Dunlap
for Preschool-1st grade
in Native Americans (Location: HISA-19NAT)
Where the Buffaloes Begin
by Olaf Baker
from Dover Publications
for Preschool-2nd grade
1982 Caldecott Honor Book
in Native Americans (Location: HISA-19NAT)