Native American Major Culture Areas

By Dorothy Lippert, Stephen J. Spignesi

Part of Native American History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A culture area is a region where different Native American tribes shared certain characteristics, such as housing and hunting practices, all of which were based on the climate and resources in the area. These are the major culture areas:

  • Arctic and the Subarctic

  • Eastern Woodlands

  • Southeast

  • Plains

  • Southwest

  • Plateau and Great Basin

  • Pacific Northwest

  • California