Some of the 500 nations of Native Americans and "First Peoples" that made up North America before the advent of the United States, Mexico and Canada.
"The truth is, we have a story worth talking about. We have a history worth celebrating. Long before the first Europeans arrived here, there were some 500 nations already in North America. They blanketed the continent from coast to coast, from Central America to the Arctic. There were tens of millions of people here, speaking over 300 languages. Many of them lived in beautiful cities, among the largest and most advanced in the world...We can't turn back the clock. But we can open our eyes and give the first nations of this land the recognition and respect they deserve: their rightful place in the history of the world."--- Kevin Costner (actor/director, "Dances With Wolves"--1991 )