Have you ever laid eyes on a Hupa made basket? If not, you are really missing something wonderfully crafted using twining technique. The Hupa tribe is best known for its baskets that the women weave. The tribe belongs to Hoopa Valley located in North Western California and are one of the earliest tribes to settle in USA. The women of this tribe made baskets for a living and contributed to the local economy.
7. Native American tribes bent trees and saplings to mark trails
Are you looking for not so known Native Americans facts? If so, here is one that will make you vouch for the tactfulness of these tribesmen. Yes, a few of these Native American tribes practiced bending the trees and saplings just so that these could be used for marking trails. Since, these people largely traversed the forests, it was a convenient thing to mark trees as landmarks and return home safely. After having bent the trees, the Indian native would carve out a symbol associated with his tribe.
8. The United States Government apologized to the Native Americans in 2009 Defense Appropriation Bill
The Native Americans always faced racism and were barred from doing many things. Take for example, they were barred from entering a few places visited by pure Caucasians. Throughout history, many instances of racial violence towards these people were reported. However, it was in 2009 that the US government publicly apologized to these people when promulgating the Defense Appropriation Bill. The apology was extended to all the native tribes that were subjugated to years of ill treatment at the hands of the US citizens.
9. The Navajo Language was used as a code in World War II
World War II was the scene where Native Americans not merely freely enlisted to fight, but also used their Navajo Language as an unbreakable code that the enemy couldn’t decipher. In times of war, many countries developed languages that hid classified information. An engineer named Philip Johnston, in the year 1942, requested the use of this language as he had studied it when he lived with the natives. The language, according to him could be best used as a code to hide classified information. The Navajo language has a peculiarity that makes understanding it quite difficult. For every word, there are more than two meanings.
10. The Native Americans welcomed the first European settlers with warm hospitality
Among the most believable of facts about Native Americans is the one that speaks volumes about their warm hospitable nature. Much of this can be corroborated by historians that say that Natives welcomed Columbus the Great and his sailors with food, water and various gifts when they set their foots ashore in the Americas. Though, the sailors brought with them swords and weaponry, the natives welcomed them openly with wide hearts and ran towards them as a mark of greeting. These folks also welcomed the first English settlers and traded with them. The natives also offered help to the settlers in coping with the hard winters.