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The Vanishing American

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An Interdisciplinary Thematic Unit on Native American Cultures of North America and Arkansas. Arkansans look at our country and profess that we are 200 years old, but our history and origins date back before this time. While the Europeans were in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, Native Americans in the Mississippi Valley were developing their own unique culture. This unit provides an overview of the history and ways of life of the specific people who inhabited Arkansas since humans first set foot in our region. Arkansas was the early hunting ground for the Paleo Indians who lived in caves and rock shelters along the Ozark streams. Later Quapaw, Caddo, and the Osage tribes inhabited the area. In the late 1700's the Cherokee, Choctaw, Shawnee, and Delaware tribes came to Arkansas. This unit will also develop an understanding and appreciation of the history and contributions of other Native American tribes in North America.