SouthEast Native Americans



The Native Americans of the Southeast lived between the Atlantic on the east, the Gulf of Mexico. In the North, the border is not as clear being the near the Ohio River while in the west it roughly followed the area of the Mississippi River.

The Indians in the Southeast had diverse cultures. Many of them inherited their culture that developed during the Mississippian culture period that lasted from AD 700- 1600. During this period there was significant trade both within the area and to areas beyond. At its height, the center of the culture was Cahokia where as many as 20,000 people were living. The natives of the regions spoke a number of different languages that included Choctaw, Chickasaw, Apalachee, Creek, Seminole, Alabama, Koasati, Hitchiti, and Mikasuki branches.

The Natives of the Southeast both grew food and were hunter-gathers. The main items of their diets included cornbread, grits, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and corn. They were able to catch rabbits, hogs, turkey raccoons and deer.

The religious beliefs of the Native Americans of the Southeast were similar to the rest of the Native Americans. They believed in Animism, which held that all objects in the universe had spirits or souls attached to them.

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