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American Indian Journal

by Ellena Kelly

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Geograghy and Climate
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Here in the Eastern Woodlands, our geography and climate are quite unique. We live East of the Mississippi around the Great Lakes. We are surrounded by mountains and beautiful forests. My cousin Gara and I like to go bird watching outside because there are so many different kinds, since there are so many lush forests with trees. Sometimes we sit near the rivers and watch fish swim by. The climate where we live has hot and humid summers and mild winters. I like when it rains because we like to stomp in the puddles. The driest month is April because it has scorching hot weather with no rainfall. Gara and I like to stop by the river to get a nice cold splash to cool down. In the mild winters, we get to help make fires around the village to keep warm. The humid weather here in the summer is so sticky and you feel a hot coat of weight on you. Even though I love the weather where I live, sometimes I wish I could live where it snows.
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Villages and shelter
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Every day I look around this village and their shelters and realize they are like no other in the world. I live in a longhouse,which is a long, narrow shelter. A longhouse can fit up to 20 families, but it is split into sections for about two families to share. Each time I wake up early, I watch Caneadea braid her hair into one long braid. Caneadea is a 17 year-old girl who lives in the same longhouse section as me and my family. Our job is to go out and look for young trees to use for the frame of the longhouse. The men cut the poles out of the young trees and then cover them with bark. Each morning I go out and collect water from the river banks near our village. I am not scared anymore because we have palisades built around our village to protect us. Palisades are made out of wooden stakes to make a fence. I love where I live and I would never want to change it, but sometimes I would not be too mad for a little change.

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