Historical Facts About Native Americans That Aren’t Taught In School

Native Americans are those who are indigenous to the United States and there are still 574 federally recognized tribes. They have been around for centuries and continue to cherish their many sacred practices and traditions. From their clothing, language, and more, here are some unique things to know about Native Americans.

They Didn’t Just Live In Teepees

While teepees are usually considered a symbol of Native American life, they may not be the most accurate. Some did live in teepees, but there were many other types of housing.

encampment on the Great Plaines with a teepee and man on horseback
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For example, the Native Americans of the Iroquois nation lived in longhouses, those in Mesa Verde lived in cliffs, and the Taos tribes lived in pueblos.