North America was the home of many tribes of Indians long before Europeans came to the New World. Many centuries before the arrival of Columbus. Indians hunted, fished, and planted crops. They hunted bison on the great plains, fished for salmon in the rivers of Canada and gathered rye seeds in California.
When Columbus arrived, the Indians, were masters of the American continent.
Most American tribes were peaceful. They lived happily in harmony with nature. They believed that spirits lived in the elements of nature, such as trees, animals, water, mountains, etc. They thought that these spirits could bring success in marriage, hunting, fishing or farming.
In order to maintain their old traditions American Indians hold festivals where they show their dances, music and art.
Among the best known American native tribes are the: Apaches, Comanches, Blackfoot Indians, Sioux, Cherokees, Red skins, Pawnees, Dog-Ribs, Yellow Knife Indians.