What Are the Different Types of Indians?

Some of the different Indian, or Native American, peoples that inhabited North America at one time or another include the Apache, Blackfoot, Cherokee, Cheyenne and Comanche. Other tribes include the Crow, Navajo, Nez Perce, Pawnee and Shawnee, as well as the Shoshone and Sioux.

The tribes each had their own characteristics and forms of life. Some settled in one place, where others lived a nomadic existence. They also adopted different styles of clothing and religious beliefs, although veneration of nature was, and still is, a common characteristic of many Native Americans.

The different tribes developed in different regions of the Americas. The Navajo established themselves in the Southwest, where they had contact with Spanish explorers and pioneers. The Sioux, Crow, Cheyenne and Pawnee established themselves in parts of the Midwest and Great Plains, where American bison was a favorite food choice for the hunters. The Cherokee had a hold in the Southeast, but were forced to move to Oklahoma during the infamous “Trail of Tears.” The Shoshone lived in the Rocky Mountains during the time of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Lewis and Clark took along a captive Shoshone woman named Sacagawea to guide them on their journey to the Pacific River.