People of the Middle Woodland period have a seasonal migration pattern. In the spring, family units unite with other small groups for cooperative fishing, marriage and trade. Once the fishing season is over, they move inland to harvest roots and other edible vegetation as well as hunt marsh birds and small game. During the winter season, larger groups disband into smaller family units to increase their chance of survival. Ceramic production becomes more complex and sophisticated and more ornate pottery is common. Self ornamentation also becomes more prevalent.
Indiscernible warming occurs with little visible affect on the people of the time. Temperature is similar to current climate.
People rely on several different seasonally available food resources. In the spring, they fish extensively, living on the meat and roe. Fish is also dried and stored for later use. In the late spring and summer, people hunt small game and birds. In addition to hunting, roots, nuts, seeds and edible vegetation are collected. The nuts and whatever else can be dried is easily stored for the winter. During the fall and throughout the winter, people rely on their stored food and on big game which is used both for sustenance and fur.
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