"history has a way of intruding upon the present, and perhaps those who read it will have a clearer understanding of what the american indian is, by knowing what he was."
-From Arkansas writer Dee Brown's classic best-seller "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West"

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Native American Percussion Instruments 'Making of a Cherokee Basket' by Virginia Stroud Charlie Quapaw Old Style Cherokee Stamped Bowl by Sean Grayson Dalton Point Arrowheads Indian Rock and Cave Trail Cherokee Floral Purse by Lisa Rutherford Cadron Settlement Park Head Effigy Vessel

Arkansas’s first inhabitants knew well the rich resources and beauty of the land we call The Natural State. The Native Americans who occupied the region hunted and fished in its rivers, lakes and forests, just as we can today. They built shelters and settlements from its trees, earth and stones, and we are still able to visit and honor those sites. They fashioned beautiful artifacts from its clay, and some of the largest collections of enduring Native American crafts and art can be found in the state.

As in many other parts of the country, the history of Native American interaction with European explorers and American homesteaders is often painful but worthy of remembrance. By following in their footsteps and discovering who they were through the wealth of sites and museums all around the state, we live their past in the present, celebrating the glory of their accomplishments and imagining their noble history.

PaleoIndian People by Ted Morris

Paleoindian peoples entered the area of Arkansas in groups of less than 50 as early as 11700 B.C.E