Native Peoples of California

From the Series North American Indian Nations

  • Interest Level: Grade 3 - Grade 5
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

California is a land of varied landscapes, climates, and cultures. Before Europeans arrived in North America, more than twenty independent American Indian groups lived in this region. Their cultures were as diverse as the areas they called home. Along the coast, in the mountains, and in the desert, these nations developed ways of life shaped by their surroundings.

• Every fall, the Miwok gathered acorns for food. They held a special festival to celebrate the harvest.
• The Cahuilla held bird song ceremonies that lasted for days.
Birds are said to tell the people’s history through their singing.
• The Yurok used mollusk shells called dentalia as money.

Many twenty-first century American Indians still call California home. Find out what these nations have in common and what makes each of them unique.

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Interest Level Grade 3 - Grade 5
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Social Studies
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 48
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.2
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF018040, JNF025170, JNF052020
Dewey 979.4004'97
Graphics 1-color illustrations, Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 900
Guided Reading Level X
Features Bibliography/further reading, Glossary, Index, Maps, Reviewed, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, Timeline, and eSource

Author: Linda Lowery

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North American Indian Nations

Explore the history, culture, and modern-day lifestyles of American Indians living in ten distinct geographic regions of North America. Readers will evaluate the similarities and differences between the Indian nations and make connections as to how geography affected their past and… View available downloads →


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