Paleoindian Tradition The Paleoindian Tradition is associated with the time period before 6000 B.C. The first people of Minnesota were hunting people from Asia, and some evidence shows that people hunted and collected wild foods by 7000 B.C. These people knew how to use fire and make tools, weapons, and clothes. They moved every season in small groups as the sources of food changed.
The Paleoindian Tradition is also known as the Big Game Hunting tradition. The people of the Paleoindian Tradition were huge mammoth and bison hunters. To kill the big animals, they needed to make arrowheads, or projectile points. The first types of projectile points that they made were Clovis or Folsom projectile points. These spear points have only been found in the southern and southwestern part of Minnesota. Because of the location of these points, it suggests that there weren't any people in east central or northern Minnesota during the early Paleoindian Tradition.
Two other types of points were found, the Browns Valley and the Eden Scottsbluff. Because Browns Valley is located in western Minnesota, it shows that later in the tradition, the people were started to move.
Another type of point was found, which is related to the final years of the Paleoindian Tradition. This type of point is the Plano points. These points have been found throughout the state, but one of the largest collections is located northwest of Duluth. This shows that during the Paleoindian tradition, the people were spreading out around the state and the technology that they had was advancing.