4 Native American Tribal Migration Theories

By Dorothy Lippert, Stephen J. Spignesi

Part of Native American History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Where did the Native Americans come from? No one knows for sure, but here are four theories regarding how the first people came to occupy the North American continent.

  • Tribes migrated across the Bering Sea across what was the Beringia land bridge from what is now Russia.

  • Tribes arrived along the western coast by boat.

  • There is a new theory that the Chinese may have been here first.

  • There is a similar theory that the Celts may have stopped by before the Chinese.