What were the Paleo Indians religious beliefs?
Paleo-Indians inhabited the Connecticut region some 10,000 years ago, exploiting the resources along rivers and streams. They used a wide range of stone tools and engaged in hunting, gathering, fishing, woodworking, and ceremonial observances.
Paleo-Indians were the first inhabitants of North America (“paleo means old in Greek). They were also known as Lithic Indians; the word “lithic” is derived from the Greek “lithos” meaning stone, a reference to the material from which they made their tools.
During the Paleoindian period, people hunted large animals that are now extinct, including mammoths, mastodons, and an ancient form of bison. People during the Paleoindian period also ate a variety of wild nuts, fruits, and greens (leaves).
Most Paleoindian houses were small, circular structures. They were made of poles that leaned in at the top, tipi-style. The poles were covered with brush, and the brush was covered with mud or animal hides. Animal hides probably covered the doorway, too.
Judging by the clothing people living today wear in colder climates and by the resources available to them, Paleoindians probably wore animal hide and fur clothing.
Mammoths became extinct on the Plains by 11,000 years ago, and, although paleoecological conditions were worsening, their demise may have been hastened by human predation. After this, the main target of the Plains Paleoindian hunters consisted of subspecies of bison, Bison antiquus and Bison occidentalis.
The Paleo-Indian did not use bows and arrows. The bow and arrow had not been invented yet. Instead they used spears to kill their prey. For this reason, the stone weapons they used to kill animals are not called arrowheads.
Paleoindian people hunted and gathered food. They depended on foods available seasonally, but may have supplemented their winter diet with dried foods. To the best of our knowledge, they did not cultivate plants.
Researchers have long thought that Paleo-Indians — including the people of the Clovis culture, who lived around 13,000 years ago and are considered one of the first American peoples — also hunted with spear-throwers.
The Paleoindian Period refers to a time approximately 12,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age when humans first appeared in the archeological record in North America. One of the original groups to enter what is now Canada and the United States was the Clovis culture.
Some genetic research indicates secondary waves of migration occurred after the initial Paleo-Indian colonization but prior to modern Inuit, Inupiat, and Yupik expansions. After multiple waves of migration, complex civilizations arose. One of the earliest identifiable cultures was the Clovis culture.
So how did people first come to the Americas? Archaeologists think the first Americans probably crossed from Siberia into North America. Some people may have walked across the Bering Land Bridge. The Bering Land Bridge was a wide strip of land that connected Siberia and North America during the Ice Age.