Contemporary North America
Today Native American societies thrive across North America, with traditional practices, languages and religions experiencing a resurgence after decades of suppression and neglect.
Active social and artistic programmes have resulted in the restoration of the pow-wow to prominence on the Plains with regular dances and celebrations, while Northwest Coast canoes can again be seen on the fjords and channels of the North Pacific. In the deserts of the Southwest, great markets have developed, trading pottery and jewellery produced using traditional materials and techniques while the Inuit now supplement their income with the sale of intricate carvings displaying life in their frozen homeland.
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The peoples of the expansive woodlands of Eastern America live in a large number of tribes, with related religious and linguistic traditions.
The people of the North American Plains were predominantly nomadic, living in large territories roamed by great herds of buffalo.
The societies of the Northwest coast of North America developed in relative isolation between the Coastal Mountains and the Pacific Ocean.
The people of the farthest northern reaches of the Americas live in a world of scarcity: finite resources and a hostile environment have created a resourceful and resilient people who retain much of their ancestral tradition and lifestyle.