The peoples who inhabited the Eastern Woodlands lived in farming villages as well as hunter-gatherer groups. The land was rich and fertile, and the climate provided ample rainfall. They also hunted the forests for animals such as bear, deer, elk, turkey, and squirrel.
One group of people who lived near the Mississippi River began to build large mounds where they buried their dead, along with tools and implements in elaborate religious ceremonies.
Each of us is the accumulation of our memories.
Aaln Loy McGinnis
The custom of shaking hands with strangers originated to show that both the parties were unarmed.