Native Americans: The Plateau

The Plateau area is made up of the land between the American Southwest and the Canadian border. The following are some of the major tribes of this area: The Spokane; The Nez Pence; as well as the Shoshone. The tribes in this area were not particularly friendly towards outsiders. The tribes in the north survived on salmon, roots, and berries. They also had permanent settlements in order to survive the winter. The tribes in the south survived on fruits, nuts, and small animals. Once the Plateau tribes had been introduced to the horse, it allowed them to be able to trade with other tribes in different areas, as well as gave them a means for hunting farther away and bringing back the spoils.


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