The Woodland period is divided into Early, Middle, and Late
Pottery first appeared during the Early Woodland era.
Before this time containers were made of plant fiber, leather, or wood.
Long-distance trading and new forms of
expression flourished during the Middle Woodland era. The bow, arrow, and the
cultivation of corn distinguished the Late Woodland.
pottery was made by mixing together clay, temper (which is made of stone, sand,
shell or crushed pottery), and water. Just the right amount of water made the
mixture plastic, but it was strong enough to be shaped into containers. After
shaping and smoothing the container, the Native Americans often applied the
abstract bird symbol to its exterior.
Woodland life developed as Native Americans learned to live
with a greater number of neighbors.
height of the Woodland males was 5' 6" tall, and the average height of the
Woodland females was 5' 3" tall. On average, the life expectancy of the
Woodlands is between 36 and 40 years old. The Woodland people lived in
settlements for more than a year before moving to another location.