While we think of the United States as a land of fifty states, it was a very different land centuries ago, with over 20 million Native Americans living here in more than 1,000 distinct tribes and ethnic groups.

Of course, much of that history has been lost to the ravages of time and Euro-Christian conquerors, both unintentionally and intentionally. Currently, Native Americans make up only 1.5% of the American population, and we likely retain even a smaller portion of Native American history.

Of course, much of that history has been lost to the ravages of time and Euro-Christian conquerors ,both unintentionally and intentionally . Currently, Native Americans make up only 1.5% of the American population , and we likely reta in even a smaller portion of Native American history.
There isn’t even, for that matter,a single map of tribal territories for theen tire United States that is acc urateat any one given time. How is thateven possible?

While we can’t remedy this grave in just ice, we can try to keep the know ledge we haven’t lost yet. For instance,consider that:
Evenin 2016, the reare still more than 500 tribes recognized in the United States by the Bureau of Indian Affairs

From that population peak of roughly 20 million, Native American tribes we redecimated by the twin killers of war and disease, such that the Native
American population dropped toonly a quarter-million.The present Native American population in North America is still less than 3 million.
The largest tribal groups currently,by population ,are Navajo ,Cherokee ,Choctaw ,Sioux ,Chippewa ,Apache , Blackfeet, Iroquois ,and Pueblo.
Before Europeans arrived in NorthAmerica, many scholars say more than a thousand languages may have been spoken here; only 296 indigenous
languages remain, and only 8 of those languages are practiced by enough people to fill evena small town. It’s likely that with in the next century, fewer than 20 NativeAmericanlanguages will remain.

Whilen one of those native languages had written components, many of them were quite complex – as complexas Russian or Latin, in many cases.
Because of the wide range of languages, many bordering tribes communicated and traded via sign language components.
Those eight languages with a chance of surviving? Navajo, Cree, Ojibwa,Cherokee, Dakota,Apache, Blackfoot, and Choctaw.
We can also consider some of the similarities tribes of each region shared – the diversity and history we’ve lost is simply as tounding.