Social Studies - 2017-18

VS.2d - Algonquian, Siouan, and Iroquoian

The student will demonstrate knowledge of the physical geography and native peoples, past and present, of Virginia by

d)  locating three American Indian language groups (the Algonquian, the Siouan, and the Iroquoian) on a map of Virginia.

Bloom's Level:  Remember

Adopted: 2008

BIG IDEAS

Language is one element of culture. 

In the past, physical barriers (rivers, mountains, deserts, etc.) led to the development of different cultures.

UNDERSTANDING THE STANDARD

American Indians were the first people who lived in Virginia.

American Indians lived in all areas of the state.

There were three major language groups in Virginia.


Why are native peoples called “Indians”?

What evidence is there that American Indians lived in all areas of Virginia?

What were the three major language groups found in Virginia, and where was each group located?

ESSENTIALS

Analyze and interpret maps. (VS.1i)


Christopher Columbus called the people he found in the lands he explored “Indians” because he thought he was in the Indies (near China).

Artifacts such as arrowheads, pottery, and other tools that have been found tell a lot about the people who lived in Virginia.

Three major language groups of Virginia

  • Algonquian languages were spoken primarily in the Tidewater region; the Powhatan were part of this group.
  • Siouan languages were spoken primarily in the Piedmont region; the Monacan were part of this group.
  • Iroquoian languages were spoken in Southwestern Virginia and in Southern Virginia near what is today North Carolina; the Cherokee were a part of this group.

KEY VOCABULARY

The Indies, China, American Indian, Algonquin, Siouan, Iroquoian


Updated: Apr 29, 2016