Native Americans and California

Native Americans and California

Author: Tanya Waldon

Fourth Grade Standard: History

4.2 Students describe the social, political, cultural, and economic life and interactions among people of California from the pre-Columbian societies to the Spanish mission and Mexican rancho periods.

1. Discuss the major nations of California Indians, including their geographic distribution,economic activities, legends, and religious beliefs; and describe how they depended on,adapted to, and modified the physical environment by cultivation of land and use of searesources.

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Native Americans

Did You Know

Who lived in the United States 1000 years ago? Who lived in California 1000 years ago? Where did they come from? Today we will investigate this question and find out more about our countries' first inhabitants.

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Terms to Know

Native Americans lived across the Untied States and many lived in different areas that we call geographic regions. Watch this video and see if you can find out what regions cover California.

Where is California..?  Click Here and lets find out!

While you watch this video, think about the locations of these tribes in California. Did this affect what types of foods they ate?

The Big Question


Once you have answered the questions from the quiz, I would like you to write a paragraph in your journals answering this question:

Why do you think Native Americans stayed in California? Do you think the regions within the state could have had an influence on their decision? Why or why not? (Use details from the videos you watched.)