Native Americans Before Colonization

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Our life as Native Americans before colonization and the arrival of Europeans was very simple way of life. We lived off the land and provided ourselves with food and clothing by planting, harvesting, and hunting. We turned wild plants such as corn, potatoes, pumpkin, yams, and lima beans into farm crops for our own consumption. More than half of current American farm goods were grown by Native Americans before British colonization. Also we used many natural herbs for medicinal reasons. We had many beliefs and rituals. We believe in a strong family unit and have certain beliefs about the land and how to use it. Also we have certain religious and burial beliefs. We believed that the land was given to us from our creator to be used by all

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