Who were the first people in America? The native inhabitants of this continent are called Indians, and they are just as diverse as the peoples in Europe. North America is divided into Nine Native American Culture Regions and the film goes into detail about the Indians of the north-eastern and south-eastern Woodlands, the Indians of the Southwest and the Plains Indians. Adapted to the landscape and climate, different forms of culture evolved – from simple Stone Age humans and nomadic life styles to advanced cultures with cities and sophisticated societies. Thus, the Indians of the north-eastern woodlands already lived in a democratic society, which became the basis for the American Constitution. European colonisation reduced the number of Native Americans by diseases, wars and displacement. The film concludes with an outlook on Indian life in the United States today.