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Native Americans for Kids

Free Online Resources for Learning Native American Facts and History for Kids

Native American Facts & History For Kids
By: Mindy Scirri, Ph.D.

Did you know that there are “574 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native tribes and villages” according to the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs? How much do you really know about these indigenous people of the United States? You may want to celebrate our first Americans in your homeschool, but you may not know where to find information. We are here to help! Luckily, there are many free online sources where you can find Native American facts for kids and Native American history for kids. We’ve also showcased the various Native American cultural regions throughout the United States and provided some resources for each.

We strive to educate about Native American cultures and history in the most respectful, honest, and age-appropriate ways possible. The resources below may fit these requirements at the time of this post; however, websites and materials can change. Please review all resources before sharing with your homeschoolers. If you find a resource you believe doesn’t fit these guidelines, or have one to suggest that does, please leave us a comment below or contact us here.

Here are some online resources to get you started:

Native American Facts and History for Kids

Native Americans of the Northeast – Facts for Kids Native Americans of the Southeast – Facts for Kids

Native Americans of the Plains – Facts for Kids

Native Americans of the Plateau – Facts for Kids

Native Americans of the Great Basin – Facts for Kids

Native Americans of the Southwest – Facts for Kids Native Americans of the Northwest Coast – Facts for Kids

Native Americans of California – Facts for Kids

 

Native American Facts & History For Kids Native American Facts and History for Kids

If you are just looking for general information and history about Native Americans, these are some websites that you may want to explore:

American Indian
For your older students… Discover the early cultural development, prehistoric civilizations, colonization, and conquest of the Native Americans from Northern, Middle, and South America.

Famous Native Americans – History for Kids
Discover information about the famous Squanto, Sacagawea, John Ross, Sitting Bull, and others.

Museum of Indian Culture | Virtual Learning
Take advantage of online educational programs, lectures, and hands-on activities (buy your own Native American craft kit!) that you can experience from home. Learn about Native American culture from the Northeast and across the western hemisphere.

National Museum of the American Indian | K-12 Distance Learning Programs
Learn all about Native Americans by participating in a free virtual field trip for grades K-12 or a free webinar for middle and high school students.

Native American Cultures
Learn about the various Native American regions in North America, including brief histories of those regions.

Native American Facts for Kids: Resources on American Indians for Children and Teachers
This is a resource provided by Native Languages of the Americas, “a non-profit organization working to preserve and promote American Indian languages.” Find all kinds of fact sheets about Native American homes, weapons, clothes, food, etc., as well as fact sheets about individual Native American nations.

Native American Flags
Browse the inventory that includes almost 400 Native American flags. Enjoy the colors, symbols, and writings unique to each Native American tribe or band.

Native American History
This collection of information from History.com will help you learn about Native American cultures and their historical timelines. Find out about events like the French and Indian War, the Battle of Little Bighorn, and the Trail of Tears and discover the personalities of those like Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, and Tecumseh.

Native American Wisdom
“The time has come to listen to echoes from our land…the wisdom and teachings of our Native American Indians. Their words are simple, and their voices are soft. We have not heard them, because we have not taken the time to listen.” Discover the wise words of Native Americans through this collection of quotes.

Native Americans for Kids and Teachers
Find out about Native American topics like their homes, stories, art, and more. There are also games and crafts, lesson plans, and specific information about Native Americans by region.

Native Americans: Histories and Facts
Read about specific Native American nations and their impact on American history, or explore Native American legends, arts and crafts, and languages. Browse biographies of Native American authors and chiefs and learn about important treaties and agreements.

Native Land
Explore this world map of indigenous lands created by the nonprofit organization, Native Land Digital. Access the most recent Teacher’s Guide to help you navigate the map and provide you with exercises for educating kids and adults about native land.

 

Native American Facts & History For Kids

Native Americans of the Northeast – Facts for Kids

Native Americans of the Northeast lived in the area between the Mississippi River and the Atlantic Ocean, as far south as the North Carolina coast. Together with their Southeastern neighbors, they make up what is known as the Eastern Woodlands. There were basically two main groups, including Iroquoian speakers and Algonquian speakers. Discover the lives and histories of these people, and learn some Iroquois facts for kids and Algonquin facts for kids, through these resources:

Algonquin Facts for Kids
This fact sheet on the Algonquin people was written for children looking for information for school and homeschool reports.

Iroquois Facts for Kids
This fact sheet on the Iroquois people was written for children looking for information for school and homeschool reports.

Iroquois History for Kids
Check out this short reading for kids on the history of the Iroquois nation.

NativeTech: Native American Technology and Art
This resource focuses on the art of the Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands. Learn about beads & beadwork, birds & feathers, clay & pottery, leather & clothes, metalwork, plants & trees, porcupine quills, stonework & tools, and weaving & cordage. You can also find information about games & toys, food & recipes, and poetry & stories. Complete your exploration by taking a virtual woodland tour!

Northeast Indian
For your older students… Learn all about the culture, housing, social organizations, family life, and religion of the Northeastern Native American people.

Northeast Woodlands History for Kids
Check out this short reading for kids on the history of the Northeast Woodlands people.

 

Native American Facts & History For Kids

Native Americans of the Southeast – Facts for Kids

The Southeastern United States, to the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico, was home to the traditional cultures of the Southeastern Native Americans. With their neighbors in the North, they make up the Eastern Woodlands. Native Americans of the Southeast included the Caddo, Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, Natchez, and Seminole. Members of the Cherokee nation make up one of the largest Native American populations today. Check out information about the Native Americans of the Southeast and some Cherokee Indian facts for kids here:

Cherokee Facts for Kids
This fact sheet on the Cherokee people was written for children looking for information for school and homeschool reports.

Cherokee Historical Association
If you can travel, discover the heart of the Cherokee culture by visiting the Oconaluftee Indian Village and observing the outdoor drama, “Unto These Hills.”

Cherokee Nation History for Kids
Check out this short reading for kids on the history of the Cherokee people.

Museum of the Cherokee Indian
This site is packed with facts about the Cherokee nation. Explore the timeline of the Cherokee people and download the 54-page Information Packet for educators, which includes facts about the tribal government, language, and genealogy; a recommended book list; short research papers on topics like Cherokee clothing and education; and activities. There is also a fun lesson plan, “How the Possum Lost His Tail,” for Kindergarteners and first graders, with suggestions for adapting it to older students.

Pocahontas
For your older students… Explore the history of the famous Native American woman who assisted Lewis and Clark on their journey west.  

Southeast Indian
For your older students… Learn all about the culture, language, trade, housing, social organizations, family life, and belief systems of the Southeastern Native American people.

Southeast Woodlands History for Kids
Check out this short reading for kids on the history of the Southeast Woodlands Native American people.

 

Native American Facts & History For Kids

Native Americans of the Plains – Facts for Kids

The Great Plains of the United States and Canada were home to the Native Americans of the Plains. These indigenous people moved throughout the grasslands between the Rocky Mountains and Mississippi River from Canada to Texas. These nomadic Native American people included the Arapaho, Blackfeet, Cheyenne, Comanche, Crow, and Sioux (Lakota and Dakota), with Comanche being the largest nation. Learn more about the Plains Native Americans, and find some great Comanche facts for kids and Sioux facts for kids, with these great resources:

Comanche Facts for Kids
This fact sheet on the Comanche people was written for children looking for information for school and homeschool reports.

Plains Indian
For your older students… Learn all about the culture, housing, trade, social organizations, family life, and belief systems of the Plains Native American people. Find out about the role of the horse in the lives of the people.

Plains Indians History for Kids
Check out this short reading for kids on the history of the Plains Native American people.

Tracking the Buffalo: Stories from a Buffalo Hide Painting
Check out these facts and activities about the role of the buffalo in the lives of Native Americans from the northern Plains. Explore a painted buffalo hide and play a matching game to learn what can be made from the parts of a buffalo.

Sioux Facts for Kids
This fact sheet on the Sioux people was written for children looking for information for school and homeschool reports.

 

Native Americans of the Plateau – Facts for Kids

The Native Americans of the Plateau inhabited the plateau region between the coastal mountains of the American northwest and the Rocky Mountains. Plateau people included the Cayuse, Coeur D’Alene, Flathead, Kalispel, Kutenai, Nez Perce (home to Chief Joseph), and Palus. Find out all about these indigenous people, and discover Nez Perce facts for kids, here:

Chief Joseph History for Kids
Learn about Chief Joseph, the famous leader of the Nez Perce nation, in this short reading for kids.

Nez Perce Facts for Kids
This fact sheet on the Nez Perce people was written for children looking for information for school and homeschool reports.

Plateau Indian
For your older students… Learn all about the culture, housing, trade, social and political organization, family life, and belief systems of the Plateau Native American people.

 

Native American Facts & History For Kids

Native Americans of the Great Basin – Facts for Kids

Native Americans of the Great Basin lived in what is now Utah and Nevada, as well as parts of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Wyoming. Native American people of the Great Basin included the Bannock, Paiute, Shoshone (the nation to which Sacagawea belonged), Washoe, and Ute (a nation who suffered due to the Rocky Mountain gold rush). Do some research to find out about the Great Basin people, and learn some Shoshone facts for kids and Ute facts for kids, with these sites:

Great Basin Indian
For your older students… Learn all about the culture, language, technology, economy, social organization, family life, and belief systems of the Great Basin Native American people.

Shoshone Facts for Kids
This fact sheet on the Shoshone people was written for children looking for information for school and homeschool reports.

Ute Facts for Kids
This fact sheet on the Ute people was written for children looking for information for school and homeschool reports.

 

Native American Facts & History For Kids

Native Americans of the Southwest – Facts for Kids

These are the Native Americans of Arizona and New Mexico. They include sedentary farmers who lived in pueblos, like the Hopi (known for their dances and artwork), Yaqui, Yuma, and Zuni, and nomadic peoples like the Apache and Navajo (the largest Native American nation in the US). Want to know more about them? Check out these resources about the Southwest Native Americans and discover some Hopi facts for kids and Navajo facts for kids, too:

Hopi Facts for Kids
This fact sheet on the Hopi people was written for children looking for information for school and homeschool reports.

Navajo Facts for Kids
This fact sheet on the Navajo people was written for children looking for information for school and homeschool reports.

Pueblo Indian History for Kids
Learn about these people of the American Southwest and the way they used their natural surroundings in the construction of their Pueblos. Travel back in time through the history of the Pueblo Indian culture.

Southwest Indian
For your older students… Learn all about the culture, language, socialization, education, and belief systems of the Southwest Native American people.

 

Native Americans of the Northwest Coast – Facts for Kids

Native Americans of the Northwest Coast lived in the region from the southern border of Alaska to northwestern California, including a narrow part of the coastline and coastal islands. Known for their totem poles, the people living in the Northwest included the Coast Salish, Chinook (one of the most powerful Native American peoples of the west coast), Tillamook, and Tlingit (one of the largest nations). You can learn all about these Native American people, and find some interesting Chinook facts for kids and Tlingit facts for kids, by visiting these websites:

Chinook Facts for Kids
This fact sheet on the Chinook people was written for children looking for information for school and homeschool reports.

Northwest Coast Indian
For your older students… Learn all about the culture, language, social structure, housing, art, family life, and belief systems of the Northwest Coast Native American people.

Northwest Native American History for Kids
Check out this short reading for kids on the history of the Northwest Native American people.

Tlingit Facts for Kids
This fact sheet on the Tlingit people was written for children looking for information for school and homeschool reports.

 

Native American Facts & History For Kids

Native Americans of California – Facts for Kids

The region inhabited by the Native Americans of California included both present-day California and northern Mexico. California indigenous people included the Cahuilleno, Karok, Maidu, Modoc, Mojave, Pomo, and Yurok (currently the largest Native American population in California). What can you learn about these Native American people? Find out about the region, and learn some Yurok facts for kids, here:

California Indian
For your older students… Learn all about the culture, organization, settlement patterns, trade, social structure, art, family life, and belief systems of the California Native American people.

Far West Native Americans History for Kids
Check out this short reading for kids on the history of the Far West Native American people.

Indigenous People of Silicon Valley
Learn about the history of the Ohlone Indians who inhabited the southern San Francisco Bay region of California.

Yurok Facts for Kids
This fact sheet on the Yurok people was written for children looking for information for school and homeschool reports.

 

 

This is only the beginning, and there are many Native American nations who are not yet featured here. Have you found other resources with which to celebrate Native American cultures? Please share them with other homeschoolers in the comments below….

 

 

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