The dance of Indian
From the early times to 1492 America was populated with the
Amerindians. During all this period none except the Norse at 1001
has visited this nearly lost continent, it was a campaign lead by
Leif the son of Eric the Red who is thought to have explored
America's north-east cost of what is now Canada.
Lots of hypotheses
have been proposed about the origin of Amerindians but the most
credible one is that their origin is Asia. It is thought that early humans
who lived in Siberia, following game a long the Siberian costs
without doing it on purpose they passed across Beringia
between 34,000 & 30,000 B.C and reached Alaska.
really old time the much of the world's water contained in
vast continental ice glaciers, so the Bering sea was hundred of
meters below its current level. therefore, a land bridge named
Beringia raised between Alaska & Siberia. Anyway, evidences of
early life can be hardly dated before 12,000 B.C.
Various artifacts have been found at sites throughout America give
proof that life was already well established in the wholesome
of America by some time prior to 10,000 B.C.
The first signs of villages were found in what is now Phoenix
(Arizona) are dated from the first centuries A.D. those
settlements were built by the Hohokum.
In what is now the United States of America various Indian
groups have dominated the area there. First of them where the Adena,
they began building mounds which is a kind of earthen burials sites
around 600 B.C. After the Adena came the Hopewellians, around the
year 500A.D those latter left their place to the Mississippians. the
Mississippians have built the city of Cahokia which was located at
the eastern part of St. Louis. At it's peak ,around the 12th century,
Cahokia reached a population estimated to be around 20,000 people.
we can see the American continent that greeted the first Europeans
was far from an empty wilderness. Some historians estimate that
there was as many people in the western hemisphere as in western
Europe at that time.
The number of Amerindians who lived what is now the United States on
the first coming of Europeans was about 18 millions. The declining
of the Amerindians was due to the devastating huge effect of diseases
brought by the Europeans. Some historians affirm that the
killing caused by the
epidemy that came from Europe had much more effect than the
numerous wars with the European settlers.
culture was, and still be, very related to nature and tied to land,
their philosophy and their religion was inspired from the
environment they are living in. Further more, their children were
allowed much more freedom an tolerance than the European ones, the
women were responsible for farming, cooking and the distribution of
food while the men were hunting and participating to war.
The Indian culture has been transmitted from one generation to
another by the recounting of tales and stories rather than using
Although thy have created a sort of hieroglyphics to illustrate
their adventures, wars...