It seems a world away from the America we know today: the young girl stares intently into the distance, leaning on a tree, clearly at ease with nature. Her long, dark hair is plaited and drops down over her shoulders, while her dress speaks of another time and a whole other culture. This is a scene straight out of the history books.
“Native Americans” is the name commonly given to those people who had already settled in what we now know as the United States of America before the Europeans arrived. However, since Christopher Columbus initially believed that he had landed on Asian soil, many thousands of miles away, he mistakenly called the natives “Indians,” and this was a term that stuck for many years.
Despite this slur, it is now widely thought that Native Americans are descended from people who traversed the ice bridges across the Bering Straits thousands of years ago. And, by 3,000 years ago, Native Americans inhabited almost the entire continent.