Their manner of fishing in Virginia
Native men and women in a canoe fishing while others in the background stand in the river and spear fish.
Illus. in: A brief and true report of the new found land of Virginia: of the commodities and of the nature and manners of the naturall inhabitants : Discouered by the English colony there seated by Sir Richard Greinuile ... in ... 1585 ... / This fore booke is made in English by Thomas Hariot. Francoforti ad Moenvm, Typis I. Wecheli, svmtibvs vero T. de Bry, 1590.
From a watercolor drawing by John White.
Published in: Many nations: A Library of Congress resource guide for the study of Indian and Alaska native peoples of the United States / edited by Patrick Frazier and the Publishing Office. Washington : Library of Congress, 1996, p. 56.
The Native Americans were the first inhabitants of the Americas. They settled in different regions and formed independent tribes with distinct cultures. By 1492 there were over 300 separate native languages. When Christopher Columbus landed on October 12, 1492, he thought he had reached India, and called the native people Indians, a name which gave them a collective identity. The Indians, Columbus reported, "are so naive and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. When you ask for something they have, they never say no. To the contrary, they offer to share with anyone...."