Native American Cultures


US History Age of Jackson and Westward Expansion Native American Cultures
Students learn about the Southeastern Native American tribes and their cultures. They also learn about the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, and Creek. Then, they study the culture of one of these tribes in more depth.

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In this experience, students learn about the Southeastern Native American tribes and their cultures. They also learn about the Five Civilized Tribes: Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Seminole, and Creek. Then, they study the culture of one of these tribes in more depth.

The teacher pack includes a 53-minute background video on the Five Civilized Tribes. The video is hosted on YouTube, which may be blocked in some school districts.

Objective:

  • Describe the cultures of Native Americans between the Appalachians and Mississippi.


Objective:

  • Describe the cultures of Native Americans between the Appalachians and Mississippi.




Five Civilized Tribes of the Southeast Native Americans


Prior to 1830, many Native American tribes lived in the Southeastern United States. These tribes of indigenous people were expert farmers that grew maize, beans, squash, and tobacco in the rich, fertile soil of this area. The most familiar of these tribes were the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole. Together these tribes were referred to as the Five Civilized Tribes by American settlers.


What word or short phrase do you think of when you hear the word “civilized”? To list multiple items, separate them with a comma, like this: jet, train.

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Discuss with students some of their answers. Answers may include: enlightened, educated, refined, polished, socialized, courteous, well mannered, civil, ladylike, etc.


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