Originally Posted by krispex22
Also indians only killed what they needed to live. Im pretty sure hunting wasnt a sport back than and millions of animals disnt get wasted just because someone thought it wod be fun to shoot them. And animal parts did t get thrown away. They used everything. So i think maybe hunter might be indian word for selfish heartless person. And actually im sure there definition of hunter wod be alot different than hunting now for sport
Actually, different tribes had distinctly different diets. Regional groups had distinctly different language-culture. One tribe was no more like another tribe, than Australia is like Russia. Or Tahiti is like Nigeria. The difference was often even greater.
Most likely most tribes had only 2 names for people, one meaning humans in general, and the other meaning their own tribe. They did not likely have a word to distinguish all north american continent humans, as a single group, distinguish them from people from anywhere else. Only when Europeans arrived, did they start using words to distinguish Europeans from N. american people.
Eastern Algonquin tribes subsisted largely on the agricultural "three sisters" corn, squash-pumpkin type stuff, and beans. Most of the animal food they ate was gathered
, for example shore tribes gathered clams, mussels, etcetera. They also ate small animals, such as rabbit, rather than larger animals, despite the fact that deer were plentyful. I'm not sure if the small animals were hunted, or trapped. They also gathered a lot of plant food, such as roots, berries, pine nuts. Some tribes gathered acorns, which were quite plentiful in eastern forests, and made a kind of flour from them by boiling them a long time and discarding the water - into which most of the tannic acid and other unpleasant stuff went, leaving mostly just starch and few micronutrients. When I say corn, I mean like samp, and tortilla-like things. Samp is naturally dehydrated corn kernals that are rehydrated, then cooked.
Some tribes in the western plains, hunted large bovines, such as buffalo. This may have made up a large part of their diet but they also ate plant matter. I know more about the Eastern tribes, where I live, than the western tribes. Northern tribes, in perma-frost areas, ate mostly large fatty mammals, and fish. Very little plant matter, although they may have gathered herbs in the warm season.