Nathan Huang
Mr. Militello

The Catawba are a group of Native Americans that were involved with trade in the Atlantic World. The Catawba were mainly based in agriculture and pottery. The Catawba Native Americans were a small tribe that was located in North and South Carolina. They first became part of the Atlantic World, when they encountered Spainards Hernando de Soto and Juan Pardo. Eventually, they became long-time trade partners with Europeans, because of their unique resources and their friendliness to outsiders.

The Catawba were also great trading partners with the Europeans, because of their location. The Catawba were based next to a river around the North and South Carolina area. This is proof that it was an ideal tribe to trade with, because the river they lived near was easy access into the mainland and a great place to set up trade posts.

Catawba_Location.jpg<=A map of the region the Catawba occupied.

The Catawba became associated with the Atlantic World by trading. They traded with Europeans for weapons, cloth, and other objects. Eventually, settlers began to move into the area where the Catawba resided, because the trading hub had expanded. The colonists they traded with were involved with the Atlantic World and Exploration Era, proving that the Catawba were involved in worldwide trading.

Daily Life
The Catawba also had other things to do besides create pottery and trade with Atlantic World settlers. The Catawba lived in bark-covered houses. Temples and townhouses were circular. Open areas and arbors were used in the summer. Women gathered plants and grew food, while the men hunted for large and small game, such as deer. The Catawba also ate fish, birds, and other wild plants.
Catawba_Village.jpg<= A drawing of a Catawba village.

The Catawba had many unique parts about their culture. They practiced head-flattening on male infants. Their tribes also had a fierce war-like reputation, although they treated outsiders kindly. The Catawba Native Americans also hold a yearly festival known as Yap Ye Iswa, which means Day of the (River) People. Also, as mentioned before, the Catawba were well-known pottery creators throughout the Carolinas. The Catawba had unique, yet simple pieces of technology. They invented simple tree trunk canoes made from birch-bark and they came up with a simple way to engrave their pottery by using sticks.

Catawba_Festival.jpg<=A picture of the Catawba celebrating at a festival.

The Catawba Native Americans have a unique religion that may have been influenced by Christianity-spreaders. The Catawba had a trinity-based religion that may have been based on Christianity. The three gods they worshipped were Manatou, the creator, Kaia, the turtle, and the son of Manatou.

In conclusion, the Catawba were a unique group that had a big impact on the Atlantic World. For example, they traded with multiple colonists and Europeans during the Atlantic World Era, providing them unique goods, proving that they affected the Atlantic World.

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