Almost a thousand years ago, American Indians built a city along the Mississippi River in the middle of North America. Called Cahokia by archaeologists, ten thousand indigenous citizens once called it home. For a time, Cahokia was the center of ancient society in North America, and its people changed the course of human history.
The observations about Native Americans recorded by European newcomers have led to a long-standing impression of what traditional Indian life was like. But what these European settlers saw was far from “traditional”; it was the product of a particular period in time for Native Americans that was one of adjustment and adaptation to new conditions.