Ohio History Center —
Ohio's Historic Indians - Timelines, Tribes, Lifestyle, Periods, Events, Documents, Places, People, Images, Maps and Artifacts are just a few of the interesting data
contained in this website.
Original Inhabitants, Avon, Ohio —
During the last ice age, 15,000 years ago, Asia and North America were connected near the Bering Sea by a 1,000 mile wide
grassy plain. Hunters followed herds of large game animals across the land bridge to spread over North America during the next
ten centuries. These people were named 'Clovis Point People' by archeologists because their distinctive stone tools were first
found in Clovis, New Mexico. Descendants of the Clovis People moved south and east of the Bering Strait eventually reaching
Ottawa Indians —
Ottawa Indians"The Ottawa Indians originally lived along the Ottawa River in eastern Ontario and western Quebec. They moved into northern
Ohio circa 1740. They were part of the Algonquian Indians and are thus related to the Delaware, Miami, and Shawnée Indians.
They were enemies of the Iroquois Indians and never really trusted the Wyandot Indians because they were related to the
Iroquois." - quote from the web site.
Story of the Shawanoes —
Old Chief Black-hoof has told us that our tribe came from the great salt water, where Ke-sath-wa [the sun] came out of the Kitch-e-ca-me [lake]
in the morning, and hid in the Me-to-quegh-ke [forest] at night...
Shawnee Indians —
"The Shawnee Indians were living in the Ohio Valley as early as A.D. 1660, but the Iroquois were not willing to share these rich hunting grounds and drove the
Shawnées away. Some went to Illinois and others went to other areas. As the power of the Iroquois weakened, the Shawnée Indians moved back into Ohio from the south and the
east. They settled in the lower Scioto River Valley." - quote from the website
Wyandot Tribe —
"The Wyandot Indians originally lived in southern Ontario. They are related to the Iroquois Indians, but were attacked by the Iroquois Confederacy and
driven from their homeland. Some came to live in northern Ohio. They built their main villages in Wyandot, Marion, and Crawford counties, but they
lived across northern Ohio as far south as Ross County." - quote from the website