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Native American peoples first came to Michigan around 13,000 years ago. There are no written records for most of the time Native Americans lived in Michigan, however, the tools, pottery and other materials that they left behind give archaeologists clues about food, trade, ceremony and other aspects of their lives.

The Mitten and Michigan History for Kids (MHK) are supplemental reading materials to help students develop a deeper understanding of concepts within this unit. Michigan History for Kids is appropriate for a 3rd grade level, and The Mitten is appropriate for a 4th grade level.

MHK Three Fires
MHK Michigan’s 1st Residents