The Native Americans of theWestBy:Sophie W.February 11, 2013
Description of the RegionThese tribes used technology a lot to getby. (Technology is the design and use oftools, ideas, and methods to solveproblems.)Normal life also was work, school, andmeals. Sometimes even carving TotemPoles!
Shelters• Mojave lived in earthen homes.• Chinook lived in a reservation.• Tlingit lived in cedar plank houses.• Tsimshian lived in longhouses.• Paiute lived in small huts, made fromreeds.•
Clothing• Chinook men didn’t usually wear anything;though some men wore breechclouts.Women wore short skirts made of grass orcedar bark.• Mojave wore loincloths and short skirts.• Tlingit wore the same as Chinook.• The Tsimshian wore bark clothing.• Paiute wore appropriate clothing. Usuallymade of leather materials.
Food Sources• People could live where they are withoutfarming because of berries, roots, andother plants grew plentiful in the area.• In rivers, and streams were, salmon,herring, halibut, and cod. On the shorepeople gathered clams, seaweed, andshellfish. But salmon was a very importantfood.
Everyday Life• Many important events were celebratedwith a potlatch. Potlatches were specialfeasts where which the guests, not thehosts, received gifts. Chinook were a tribethat used potlatches and Tsimishian andChinook• Mojave and Paiute people used dryfarming.
Traditions and Ceremonies• The Tlingit tribe believed in a creator,Kahshugoonyah, whose name was sacred andwas never mentioned beyond a whisper.• Mojave tribes chief picked the ceremonies.• Paiute people had to dress up and sharelanguages as their tradition.• Tsimshian people used potlatches too.• Chinook used potlatches to show muchwealth.
Weapons and Tools• Mojave and Paiute hunters used bows andarrows.• Tlingit and Tsimishian used bone fish-hooks and spears.• Chinook’s fishermen used harpoons andnets. Hunters used bows and arrows.
Crafts• Mojave used coiled pottery, beadwork,and a beaded collar.• Chinooks used bear-grass baskets, andlots of carving styles.• Tlingits used baskets, and TotemPoles.• The Paiute made many baskets.• The Tsimishian made many TotemPoles.
*Why I like this tribe*• The Native Americans of the West have veryinteresting tribes. I learned very much aboutthese tribes.• Food, Shelters, Crafts, and so much more!