What Native Americans Actually Ate Before Europeans Came

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For Native Americans, putting dinner on the table was a terrifying, oftentimes death-defying, and always full-time job. While many of their foods aren’t even around anymore, others have cropped up as trendy new dining options. This is what Native Americans ate every day before Europeans came.

While the Clovis likely weren’t the first people to set foot on American soil, they were responsible for some of the earliest settlements, and they were such good hunters they’ve been blamed for the mass extinction of one of their favorite meals: The mammoth.

The rise of the Clovis does coincide with the downfall of the mammoths, along with other Pleistocene megafauna. Bones found across 19 Clovis sites suggest that while they were eating a lot of mammoth, they were also eating bison, mastodon, deer, rabbits, and caribou.

Their diet depended greatly on what was nearby, and megafauna seems to be the overwhelming preference. Clovis hunters in Mexico stalked the gomphotheres. As seen from this small section of a gomphothere jaw, they were massive, elephant-like creatures. They also went extinct during this period. In the far north they hunted something even more surprising: Camels. Camels roamed wide sections of what’s now Canada, until the Clovis likely hunted them to extinction.

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The Clovis | 0:00
The Folsom | 1:03
The Plano | 2:04
The Yurok | 2:55
Poverty Point | 3:42
The Anasazi | 4:32
The Hopewell | 5:45
The Oneota | 6:41
The Fort Walton Culture | 7:37
The Cahokia | 8:32
The Pueblo | 9:19

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  1. Grunge

    Would you have rather been a hunter or a farmer?

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  2. Mochie bellina

    Cant we blame everything on whi*e peoples climate change?

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  3. Thomas Lucas

    We saved the Indians from having to constantly hunt. It warms my heart knowing that we saved the Indians.

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  4. Milton Monnin

    All nonsense 80% of the foods eaten by the world today came from the Americas in the past 500 years .take your bull shit up the street your racist bias seed of the serpent with your forked tongue.

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  5. Camisha

    For a second I thought I said Is that the native Americans ate Europeans LMFAO

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  6. Aisea Ratokalau

    And our Great grand mothers n great grandfathers died with their full sets of teeth on,was wondering why is that? :):) smile

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  7. Aisea Ratokalau

    I am a native from my country too,we ate from the land,anything of a nature.Don't know why many things are dangerous and poisonous nowdays?

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  8. Troy

    Would rather not have been born!

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  9. Sam Tenuto

    Dude in the click header looks like julian lennon

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  10. michael boultinghouse

    the idea that there was no cannibalism as there was in mesoAmerica is laughable. the "noble savage" we worship were bloodthirsty cannibals, quite often

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  11. Jd Bray

    I would eat my neighbor's dog's if I got hungry enough.

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  12. Loren Jones

    I refuse to watch anything that starts with "humans caused extinction "

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  13. Dane

    That it would have even been possible for indians to store and utilize all the meat from a buffalo hump is complete BS

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  14. Daniel Bruns

    Corns, beans and squash, for example. Just stopped by to say it. Not gonna watch something this stupid. YouTube!!!

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  15. Edward Burton

    Mammoth is delicious!
    Way underrated.
    Next time you get the chance to try some,
    I highly recommend it.?

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  16. Raw Bacon

    Lots of different things, you're talking about thousands of years and totally different areas with different resources.

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  17. Jonathan Gauthier

    There's so much that you got wrong. For example, the Plaino people di not dry their meats in the sun – that would ruin the meat. They smoked it like many other peoples around the world. Secondly, pemmican is not a sausage so much as a savoury granola bar – even the pictures you used depicted it as such. It's grains held together with congealed fat that is often sweetened with honey or maple syrup. After that blunder, I stopped listening. Misinformation does not help you gain more viewers. You just me, and anyone I would have otherwise shared you video with. Do some proper research with multiple sources for substantiation

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  18. Takeindamah Girl

    dude, this is cool

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  19. Dustbowl Hammer

    I don't think that is how you pronounce Iroquois

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  20. offplanetevent

    Now the native eat McDonald and are plugged into smart phone.

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  21. NTVS

    fun fact: us western apaches /white mountain worked for the us military that were known as (apache scouts) such as chief alchesay was a right hand man to general George crook to track down Geronimo to us he was like a gang member causing all kinds of trouble around us or in our land

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  22. Kelley Owen

    Pemmakin, (Jerky) wild rice, walnuts, fish, wild Berries and roots potato popcorn different types of corn, and Bison, deer now we have fry bread Lol

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  23. S P

    Being native, i can attest that for some reason our metabolisms go bonkers if you eat too much junk/fried foods. perhaps thousands of years with the same diet?

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  24. Brad Butcher

    They didn't preserve everything. The heat from the decaying matter sometimes was enough to spontaneously combust at the bottoms of buffalo runs.

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  25. Vince Lindstrom

    I look at multiple game on my work drive. You don't require a signal light for what is already there.

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  26. John Bridge

    Human beings "hunted to extinction"??? What a poor interpretation for the TRUTH, that the Creator of all earth, wiped out the first degenerate world system because they chose to worship other Gods!

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  27. Michael Mayo

    Funny how they only show these people out in Pacific Northwest but never show you the Indians they came in contact with on East coast the copper colored ones which today you refer to as African Americans smdh

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  28. NebukedNezzer

    this is to stupid to watch

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  29. NebukedNezzer

    NO people did NOT hunt the mammoth to extinction.

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  30. timothy haley

    Each other!

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  31. THEBUBBE

    We ate grits, corn nuts, beans, squash, pumpkin, potatoes, tomatoes, onions, hominy, dried fish, fish stew, rabbit, deer, elk, bison, cornbread, apples, grapes… we had a wide variety of food. Europeans loved us so much they stayed.
    ???

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  32. PAKET P.I.S SAPHIRO

    Cakar beruang is very delicious. Apache ate this

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  33. Savannah Dockins

    Any tribe hunting any species to extinction is a crazy idea. They were the best stewarts of the land and wildlife.

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  34. J/ Banks

    F?H such BS the Native Americans had limited f?ds.

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  35. t

    a comet caused the mass extinctions 12,000 years ago. not hunter and gatherers. Learn geology

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  36. MrAnymeansnecessary

    Absolute worst ever use of the word anarchy

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  37. JJ walker

    What about the 15 million Native American who were killed by Europeans that’s the first wave second wave another 5 million

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  38. JJ walker

    This is a racist video I’m Native American we’re hygienic people it was the European who brought diseases and death and introduced the all that is wrong with america

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  39. Jaunty Angle

    Native Americans ate Europeans? This should be good…

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