American Indian Life in the Americas (Describe the life of peoples living in North America before European exploration.) 1. I can use maps to locate peoples in the desert Southwest, the Pacific Northwest, the nomadic nations of the Great Plains, and the woodland peoples east of the Mississippi River (Eastern Woodland). 2. I can compare how American Indians in the desert Southwest and the Pacific Northwest adapted to or modified the environment. 3. Describe Eastern Woodland American Indian life with respect to governmental and family structures, trade, and views on property ownership and land use.