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Canadian Theme Unit
The Beothuk: A Lost Culture

Canadian Theme Unit
Canadian Theme Unit

The Beothuk: A Lost Culture
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.35

     challenging words:    indigenous, individuality, clout, impressed, covering, purpose, original, prime, fowl, description, mantle, unfriendly, design, humpback, mamateeks, skraelings
     content words:    North America, Canadian First Nations, Gaspar Corte-Real, First Nations

The Beothuk: A Lost Culture
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     It has never been easy for the indigenous people of North America to deal with Europeans. Most lost land, people, and their way of life. A few have kept their individuality. Yet, out of all the Canadian First Nations tribes, all have some modern representatives except one. That one is the Beothuk [Bay-o-thuck].
2     The Beothuk were native to Newfoundland. It is thought that they moved to the island around 50 B.C. They were the only tribe residing on the island, although the Micmacs sometimes visited it. The two tribes were often unfriendly to each other, so the Micmacs were not encouraged to stay. This meant that the Beothuk had no close allies to help them when trouble came later on.
3     The ancient Vikings met the Beothuk when they tried to settle northern Newfoundland in A.D. 1000. They called the red painted people skraelings.
4     It was the Beothuk who met the earliest Portuguese explorers. The first one to arrive was Gaspar Corte-Real in 1500. He was so impressed with the Beothuk that he captured 57 of them to sell as slaves.
5     The Beothuk were called "Red Indians" because they liked covering their skin, hair, and clothes with a red ochre paint. To them, it was a sacred colour. In their case, the description fit, but it eventually was used to describe all the First Nations people.

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