Native American tribes have lived and thrived upon the North American landscape for thousands of years—long before there was a United States. Historically, about 500 distinct Native languages were spoken in North America.
. The names Native Americans and American Indians are used interchangeably to describe America's first inhabitants. In many cases "Indians" is a proper name or title such as in "American Indian Movement" or "Bureau of Indian Affairs". The name Indian was used traditionally in American culture and history. The term "Native American" became popular much later but both are commonly used today and neither should be considered preferable over the other, although people do have personal preferences.
Although the freedom of their ancient way of life has been lost, the religion, culture, legends, and spirit of the American Indian will always endure. Learn more about the Apache, Blackfoot, Cherokee, Cheyenne, Lakota, and Pueblo Indian tribes. Read about Native American legends, heroes, leaders (like Geronimo), and great battles (like Custer's Last Stand). And understand the religions of the Blackfoot Indians and the Cheyenne, who or what Kachinas are, and the background of The People (Navajo history). Enjoy the wisdom quotes and peace that American Indian culture has with nature.
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