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Of or relating to prehistoric human culture in the Western Hemisphere from the earliest habitation to around 5,000 bc. Paleo-Indian cultures are distinguished especially by the various projectile points they produced.

Pa′le·o-In′di·an n.
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(ˌpeɪ li oʊˈɪn di ən; esp. Brit. ˌpæl i-)

1. of, pertaining to, or characteristic of a New World cultural stage, c22,000–6000 B.C., distinguished by fluted-point tools and cooperative hunting methods.
2. a member of the American Indian people of this cultural stage, believed to have migrated orig. from Asia.
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Noun1.Paleo-Indian - a member of the Paleo-American peoples who were the earliest human inhabitants of North America and South America during the late Pleistocene epoch
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
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I had found a small fragment of a worn-out, Early Palaeo-Indian spear point (I thought made by a descendant of a Clovis knapper) and a handful of other tools widely used by many groups of Palaeo-Indians--both Early and Late.
Each of the cultural phases in this region is fascinating, whether Palaeo-Indian, Shield Archaic, Pre-Dorset, Taltheilei, or historic Dene (Chipewyan); however, I find myself quibbling not so much with Gordon's interpretation of ancient lifeways within the range of the Beverly herd, as with his ideas about the relationship of these various cultural groups to their neighbours to the south.