English Across the Curriculum
Families and whole clans joined together to form tribes. Hundreds of tribes lived in America when Columbus arrived in 1492. Each tribe lived in its own area, shared the same language and had its own religion. The leader of the tribe was called a chief. Decisions were made at meetings of the tribal council. Members were important people of many different families.
Indians often fought against other tribes because it was sometimes the only way to settle disputes.
When white people came to North America, Indians bought guns and other new weapons from them.
Weapons of North American Indians