Terry D asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Did American or Canadian First Nations peoples invent the?

canoe, snowshoes, pemican, igloos, kayak, mocassins, teepee etc.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Ok...well first of all, there aren't American and Canada First Nations - their lands, traditions and people may fall on either side of the border but that makes no difference, they are of North America.

    The igloo was from the Inuit, though they did not live in the igloo year round, during winter there was basically nothing else to use besides snow, for shelter. Otherwise they used caribou skin tents.

    Snowshoes weren't exactly a newly invented product of the First Nations -

    'The origin and age of snowshoes are not precisely known, although historians believe they were invented from 4,000 to 6,000 years ago, probably starting in Central Asia'

    For they did come from those areas thousands of years ago.

    The canoe also can't be given an inventor.

    'It depends on what part of the world you are asking about. Different cultures had canoes, at different times in history. There were also different kinds of canoes. There doesn't seem to be a definite answer as to who invented the canoe, but different people in different parts of the world created their own version of a canoe as a means of transportation.'

    The kayak was first used by Inuit people, along with the igloo.

    Pemmican can't very well be given a specific place, time and people of origin, but it was widely eaten.

    'We know it as pemmican, or pimikan in the Algonquin languages.' So obviously they ate it.

    The tipi was used in the Great Plains, again, how can it be given it's own inventor when so many tribes used it?Blackfeet, Crow, Sioux, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Comanche and more are some examples of First Nations people from the Great Plains who may have used or did use the tipi.

    Mocassins are yet another example of a widely used thing amongst the tribes of North America. Not exactly all, keep that in mind, but with such a variety who's to say who wore them first? The people living in the Great Plains wore them, as did the Algonquian and many others.

    Your question was extremely vague and the origins of these objects are all over the place.

    Sorry to have been so little help,


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  • 1 decade ago

    Well canoes and kayaks have been used all over the world by various peoples. Teepees were indeed invented by Indians but the tent was something used for centuries. Pemican, which I believe is a form of dried meat, was an invention of the Indians but the process of curing and drying meat was used all over the world. Moccasins and snowshoes were used all over the world. Igloos are used by Innuits but not all Innuits use igloos.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Yes kinda of I guess all those were in use for thousands of years before the white man came

    But as far as the Very first on earth all have been in other countries also for a very long time

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