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Category:Native American

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Native Americans (also Indians, Aboriginal Peoples, American Indians, First Nations, First Peoples, Alaskan Natives, or Indigenous Peoples of America) are the indigenous inhabitants of Americas prior to the European colonization and their modern descendants. The first white explorers to the region reported finding Indian villages throughout West Virginia. When the first white settlers entered the Kanawha Valley they found villages of Native Americans, with fields cleared, ready for plowing. But despite the evidence of the existance of Indians and villages throughout the state, most "modern" West Virginia history books leave readers with the impression that the Native Peoples used the state only as "hunting land." A history book published in 1896, History and Government West Virginia, provides a somewhat different story concerning the Indians of West Virginia.