History To-Go: Native Americans

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12,000 years ago, long before the first European explorers found their way to this continent, Native American ancestors walked from modern day Siberia to Alaska using the Bering Strait. From there they settled across North America, and they became the first settlers of North Carolina. Archeologists organize Native Americans into three groups: Paleo-Indians, the earliest group which arrived at the east coast by 8,000 B.C., Archaic Native Americans, who lived between 8,000 B.C. and 700 B.C., and Woodland Indians, who lived between 700 B.C. and 1700 A.D. By the time the Roanoke colony was established in 1585, North Carolina had over 30 unique tribes that spoke different languages. As time went on, three specific language groups became common in North Carolina: Algonquian, Siouan, and Iroquois. Today, North Carolina recognizes eight Native American tribes. Only one, the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, is recognized by the federal government.

November's "History To-Go" box features Native Americans! You can come by the museum starting Tuesday November 1, 2022 to pick up a box (limit 2 per family). Limited supplies, so come early! You can select the links below to access the box contents if you cannot get to the museum to pick yours up!

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Thanks to funding from the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation Inc, and the Arts Council of Fayetteville we are offering FREE "History To-Go", take home craft kits.