High School Essay

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Native Americans The history of America is actually the history of Native Americans or Indians, as they are also known. They are the first people to live on the American grounds. They migrated from Siberia over 11000 years ago and inhabited North America. It is said that they followed the rising sun in their search for new home. They discovered America many thousands of years before Christopher Columbus arrived there. But it was Columbus himself who gave them their name – Indians. He believed that he had arrived in the East Indies, while seeking Asia. And Indians thought that he and his sailors were gods who had come from heaven. Native Americans are very interesting and unique people. They were grouped in tribes, based on the area they lived in and their culture such as their religion, customs and language. Some of the best known tribes are Cherokee, Apache and Navajo. Today there are more than 4.5 million Native Americans living in Canada and the US. Their primary language is English but nearly 250 tribal languages are still spoken. Indian words have become a part of the English language. Some of those words include: barbecue, chocolate, hurricane, moose, chipmunk, potato… But let’s go back in the past. Indians were very religious people. For some the Sun was the supreme god, whereas others worshipped the goddess of death; others believed in an almighty god, Manitu. No matter what god they believed in, they all lived peacefully believing that nature was sacred and was to be shared among them. But it all changed with the arrival of Europeans, in the 15th century. They came in search for wealth and power and began to take over the land, so soon the war broke out. Maybe the most famous story describing these events is the story about Pocahontas and Captain John Smith. Pocahontas was the Indian princess, born around 1595 as the daughter of chief Powhatan. When

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