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1 Welcome to Arkansas History
Chapter 02- The First People

2 Bell Work Agenda: The First People
Homework: read pages and complete the reading guide Objective: Students will examine the earliest inhabitants of Arkansas. Put your agenda in the agenda book. Format your Bell Work and be ready to take notes. Make sure you have an Arkansas History book on your desk. Be ready to learn.

3 Keywords Archaeology Nomads Adz Extinction Atlatl Ritual animism

4 Time Line Archaeology 9,500 B.C – 1541 A.D.
Study of ancient people and societies Artifacts – man made items left from ancient societies. No written records

5 Land Bridge It is believed that the earliest inhabitants of the Americas crossed on a land bridge from Asia.


7 Paleo Period (9,500 – 8,000 B.C.) Paleo means ancient or very old Paleo people had a language Made clothes Made baskets Made tools and spear points

8 Clovis Points Unique Paleo Period spear points made from flint.
Named after Clovis New Mexico, were the first points were discovered. Found in various places in the Americas


10 Paleo People Nomads – people who wandered from place to place.
Hunted large animals Mammoth Mastodons, etc… Traveled in small family groups Migrated into the Arkansas area around 9,500 B.C.

11 The Dalton Culture Emerged toward the end of the Paleo Period.
More advanced The Dalton Point – distinctive spear point The adz – chisel like stone tool Warming weather and changing landscape Large animals began to die out Trees began to replace prairies

12 The Sloan Site Found near Crowley’s Ridge Many Dalton artifacts
Spear points, knife blades, adz, & scrapers Paleo Cemetery Oldest documented cemetery in the United States.

13 Archaic Period (8,000 – 500 B.C.) Ancient prairies change to forest
Temperatures rise Melting ice from the ice age create new rivers that form the various features of Arkansas. Smaller game animals begin to replace larger animals (deer, elk, squirrels, rabbits, etc…)

14 Archaic Indians Many ice age animals go extinct.
Hunt smaller game animals Gathering nuts and berries (hunter-gatherers) Traveled shorter distances Used a “base camp.” Maximum forest efficiency – wasting little of plant and animals

15 Archaic Indians Traded with other people.
Began to grow sunflower seeds, squash, & barely. Dug pits for storing food. Fished rivers and streams Fish hooks made from bone with small stones used as weights

16 Poverty Point Culture Northeast Louisiana Advanced Archaic culture
Built first town Earthwork (they moved dirt) Traded with other people

17 Important New Tools Handmade tools Butchering Making jewelry
Stones for grinding food Anvils Axe heads and celts (ungrooved ax)

18 benevolent - (adjective) wishing or doing good.
Bell Work Agenda: The First People Homework: read pages and complete the reading guide Objective: Students will examine the earliest inhabitants of Arkansas. What is a mastodon? How did Clovis points get their name? Word of the Day benevolent - (adjective) wishing or doing good.

19 Atlatl A tool used to throw a spear farther and faster

20 Making Dugout Canoes Long process using fire to create a canoe

21 Cooking with Hot Rocks

22 The Woodland Period (500 B.C. – 900 A.D.)
Lived in villages Earthen mounds (mound builders) Increased agriculture (barely, corn, & squash) Hunters traveled less often and less distance Traded with other people Making and firing clay vessels Rock art Rituals – important ceremonies

23 The Bow and Arrow became an Important War Tool (also used for hunting)

24 Building Mounds Influenced by the Hopewell Indians to the north.
Ritual & Burial Mounds (the Hopewell traveled and traded over a large area, their artifacts have been found far away from their home area.)

25 The Plum Bayou Culture Mound builders who lived in Arkansas near the end of the Woodland Period. Built 18 mounds (only 2 survive today) near Scott, Arkansas 50 feet high Traded with people as far away as Florida Stargazers or astronomers (mounds originally thought to be Aztec)

26 The Mississippian Period ( 900 – 1541 A.D.)
Strong thriving communities Agriculture and trade Underground storage of food Used stone axes and hoes to clear fields (also used fire) Strong leaders or chiefs Large villages Parkin Culture – believe to be larges Indian village

27 The Mississippian Period ( 900 – 1541 A.D.)
Europeans arrive Casqui – large village in Delta (Parkin site) Hernando de Soto may have visited the site Mississippian culture disappears after the arrival of Europeans Disease – possible cause Making Salt – Indians in southwest Arkansas boiled salty water to remove salt, used in food and traded with other people.

28 Arkansas Historic Indians (1673-Present)
European visitors found distinct Indian nations. Unique culture Own language Government Many records kept by explorers


30 The Caddos First discovered by the Spanish when they entered southwest Arkansas Originated during the Mississippian Period Excellent farmers Grew corn, beans, squashes, watermelons, pumpkins, tobacco, and sunflowers. Hunting and Fishing small game like rabbits and fished Gathered Nuts, roots, seeds, and berries

31 The Caddos Bow and arrow Animal skins, furs, bear oil, and salt.
Made from Osage orange or boisd’ arc trees Used for hunting or traded with other people Animal skins, furs, bear oil, and salt. Friendly people who traded with others Beautiful pottery – used to store food or in rituals. Bowls, bottles, jars, platters, or effigy pots Effigy pots were sometimes shaped like human heads.

32 The Caddos Communities were led by a chief Spiritual leaders or priest
Approved marriages Conducted ceremonies Welcomed visitors Worked with other leaders to make important decisions Spiritual leaders or priest Conducted religious ceremonies and rituals in sacred buildings or on temple mounds

33 The Caddos Society organized around family units called farmsteads.
Many different buildings for living, working, and storage. Men and women were painted or tattooed, especially women Men wore a breechcloth and women wore deerskin skirts. Typically small people (men about 5’6” and women 5’ or less. Disease and warfare drove the Caddo out of Arkansas and into what would be Indian Territory in Oklahoma. Today they their tribal center is in Binger, Oklahoma.

34 persevere - (verb) to continue despite difficulties.
Bell Work Agenda: The First People Homework: none Objective: Students will examine the earliest inhabitants of Arkansas. How many major Indian tribes lived in Arkansas? ________ replace hunting as a major source of food over time. Word of the Day persevere - (verb) to continue despite difficulties.

35 The Quapaws Lived in the Delta Region
Likely descendants of the Mississippian Indians. (maybe descendants of Indians from Ohio who traveled down the Mississippi River. Quapaw means “downstream people.” Some tribes and explorers called them “Arkansas” Handsome, friendly, and Peaceful people. Tall, large, & well made people

36 The Quapaws Lived in villages, centered around a main plaza.
“Long Houses” were home to several families Excellent farmers like the Caddo Planted fruit trees imported by the Europeans. Trades with French and Spanish Made beautiful pottery

37 The Quapaws Women took care of the children. Women prepared food.
Women grew crops. Men were good at making dugout canoes. Men served as religious and political leaders. Men also hunted, fished, and went to war.

38 The Quapaws Visited the Arkansas Post established by the Europeans.
Some Quapaw lived at the post. Forced out and into Indian Territory in the 1830’s. Tribal Center located near Binger, Oklahoma.

39 Legend of the Arkansas Name
Page 46 in textbook…

40 The Osages Primarily lived Missouri near the Missouri and Osage River.
Hunted and traded in Northwest Arkansas Osage hunger were highly skilled Each person had an important role during the yearly hunts. Women skinned the animals, cleaned and dried the meat. Raised and stored crops for the winter months.

41 The Osages Fought with Caddo and Quapaw over hunting territory.
Strength and skills made the good warriors Osage means “the neutral,” but they called themselves “Children of the Middle Waters.” Each person belonged to one of two clans, “The Earth People” or “The Sky People.” Held village councils (elected representatives) “Little Old Men”

42 The Osages Forced out in the early 1800’s and settled in southeastern Kansas. Today, many of the Osage live near Pawhuska, Oklahoma.

43 The Tunicas and Koroas Encountered de Soto when he traveled down the Mississippi River in the 1500s. Lived in large areas on both sides of the river. Historians believe de Soto visited Quizquiz (keys-key) in northwestern Mississippi. Unlike other tribes, the men took care of the crops. Men also hunted and gathered. Traded with other tribes

44 The Tunicas and Koroas Men and women were tattooed
Villages surrounded a main plaza Circular houses with grass-thatched dome roof. Decorated with “plates of shining copper.” Most disappeared by 1700s, likely from disease. Survivors joined other tribes or move south. Some Tunica moved south and joined the Biloxi Indians near Marksveille, Louisiana. Their descendants live there today.

45 Ways of Life Many Native American people share common beliefs.
Animism – belief that everything has a spirit, including, plants, animals, people, lightning, etc… Great Spirit and other gods. Creation Stories First humans came out of the underworld “The place of crying” – place were life came out of the underworld, closed after the wolf came out leaving other creatures in the underworld.

46 Ways of Life Many believed that when they died, they went back to the underworld. Priest or religious leaders would perform ceremonies to seek favor with the gods, hoping for rain or what ever was needed.

47 Chiefdoms Native societies adopted the practice of “chiefdoms.”
Power was shared by a group of leaders One leader may have been charge of war and hunting while another may have been in charge of spiritual matters. Leaders had lengthy discussions to make major decisions

48 Women Had a great deal of power and influence Did most of the work
Native American societies were “matriarchal systems.” Property inherited through the female line rather then the father. Women owned the houses. Could divorce their husbands and always kept the kids. All they had to do was place the man’s belongings outside their home.

49 Arkansas’s Cherokee Immigrants
Forced into Arkansas near the end of 1770s. Settled in eastern part of state, then moved into the “Arkansas River Valley.” Adopted many European ways because of their early interaction with colonist in the east. Farmers Raised cattle Established schools Built homes

50 Arkansas’s Cherokee Immigrants
Worked and dressed like other settlers but still tried to hang onto Native American culture. Green Corn Ceremony Celebrated first corn crops in June and July

51 Preserving Their Way of Life
Today Arkansas is home to many Native Americans. They work hard to preserve heritage. They work hard to protect Native American sites (mounds and burial grounds). Native Americans in Arkansas come form many tribes, including those discussed in this unit, along with others.

52 End of slide show.

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