The Eastern Woodland Culture Indians lived in the eastern United States and Canada. The Adena and Hopewell were the earliest Eastern Woodlands inhabitants. They lived in the Ohio and Mississippi River valleys between 800 B.C. and 800 A.D. Their burial mounds were often decorated with sophisticated grave goods. They were hunters and gatherers who later even had a class system that included a chief, his children, the nobility and commoners. “The Eastern Woodlands’ original inhabitants were the first the European colonists met. The settlers adopted many of the natives proven methods and paraphernalia”.
The 7,000 year old Anasazi are the ancestors of today’s Pueblo Indians. By a.d.700,they were building villages on top of mesas or hollowed-out natural caves at the base of canyons that included multiple-room dwellings and complex apartment structures of stone or adobe masonary.