(Picture drawn by Raja)
The Creek men were hunters. They mostly used bows and arrows to
hunt with. When they fished, they used nets, spears, and hooks that they made
out of bones. The men and boys hunted animals like deer, turkeys, rabbits, and
other small animals.
The women were farmers. The women also did the cooking and took
care of the children. The children helped work in the garden. They planted foods
like corn, beans, and squash. They cooked things like stews, soups, and
cornbread. They had to cook over a fire or in a big stone fireplace called a
The Creek put a special plant called devil's
shoestring in the river. This plant would kill the fish. The fish
would float to the top, and the Creek would gather them and eat
them. The plant did not hurt the Creek.
This is a corn stalk.
The Creek and Cherokee both grew corn to eat.
We got this picture from Pics4Learning
The Cherokee Indians were farmers and hunters. The men hunted
animals like deer, rabbits, and turkeys. The men also caught fish. The boys also
helped do things like making bows and arrows, blowguns, and canoes.
tended to the gardens. They grew corn, squash, beans, and other vegetables. The
girls helped with this, and also picked berries, nuts, and
mushrooms. They grew tobacco that was used in special ceremonies.
They made baskets and pots, and took care of younger children.
They ate lots of things they could find in the
woods. They had grapes, mushrooms, berries, nuts, potatoes, and wild
greens. They loved to use corn in all kinds of soups and stews, and
made it into meal to make bread. They also had pumpkins, squash, and
For their meat, they ate deer, buffalo, squirrels,
birds, fish, frogs, elk, bear, crayfish, and mussels. The Cherokee
put a special plant in the water. This plant made the fish go to
sleep. The Cherokee then gathered the fish and ate them.
They liked to cook soups and cornbread. They had to cook over a
fire or in a big stone fireplace.
Today they eat all the same foods that everyone else eats!
Chicken picture made by Ja'Nia
To learn more about the food the Cherokee and Creek Indians ate,
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This picture shows a garden like the Creek and Cherokee grew. We got this
picture from Pics4Learning.
All of the gardens had a shelter like this. The Indians stored their corn and
seeds in these shelters. The shelters were built up high so that rabbits and
small animals couldn't get in and eat the seeds.