“Humans certain traditions that had not yet existed beforehand.

“Humans first set foot on Tennessee soil over twelve thousand years ago. . . these people perhaps should be regarded as the first visitors to Tennessee, rather than the first Tennesseans” (Bergeron, Ash, Keith 4). Due to their nomadic lifestyle, the Paleo-Indian tribes never stayed in one location for an extended period of time, meaning that they never truly settled in Tennessee to begin with, instead they merely passed through. They likely first arrived in Tennessee following their food source that mainly consisted of mastodon and an assortment of other animals as they migrated across the bridge that existed between Alaska and Siberia during the Ice Age. These tribes were relatively small, rarely exceeding more than two dozen or so individuals, and since they never stayed in one place the Paleo-Indians did not build any permanent structures/houses, choosing instead to live in temporary camps that were easy to put up and take down. 
While still nomadic, the Archaic Indian tribes did not travel quite as far as the tribes before them, choosing instead to hunt, fish, and gather within a smaller area of land. A trait unique to the Archaic Indian tribes that did not exist within the Paleo tribes was that they would settle in one place for a season, rather than following their food source year around. Due to this tribe’s ability to stay in one place for an extended period of time, they were able to build more permanent structures and create more advanced technology than their nomadic ancestors. 
Unlike their forebears the Woodland tribes had permanent settlements where they lived year-around, and it was under these conditions that tribes began to truly flourish, with population climbing up to around one hundred people. This change in way of life also ushered in with it certain traditions that had not yet existed beforehand. Woodland tribes built burial mounds for its higher-status members, thus proving them to have a social system in place, or at least a hierarchy within the tribes. Moreover, since the dead were buried with certain possessions of theirs, the Woodland tribes are believed to have had a sort of belief system in place. There also existed a workforce indicative of an advanced political system as well as evidence of a trade system in place with other tribes in Tennessee. 
The Mississippian tribe travelled east, influencing the Woodland until they were essentially one in the same. Everything about the Mississippians was vastly more advanced than any other people before them, not just with how they went about obtaining food for their people, but also with politics and social systems as well. They lived in large towns that required a system of organized agriculture and hunting to feed themselves and a government to distribute resources amongst the people. 
For as different as these tribes were, they did have similarities. Gender roles within these tribes were all basically identical, with women in charge of farming and gathering, whilst men hunted, as well as lead and made decisions for the tribe. Another trait which these tribes share is how unorganized their systems of government were. While leaders and social hierarchies did exist within the tribes, they had very little sway when it came to decision making. Instead of important matters being handled by the tribe leaders, decisions would be made by taking a vote amongst all men in the tribe. 
Another similarity these tribes all shared was that nothing they did or decision they made was ever truly separated far from some aspect of their respective belief systems. They let good or bad omens and superstitions rule how they went about their day-to-day lives. “Their gods were the Sun, the River, and other natural phenomena” (Bergeron, Ash, Keith 7). These tribes worshipped every aspect of nature, without any concept of trying to own land for themselves outside of considering the parts they inhabited as their tribal land. Furthermore, wars among tribes rarely broke out due to the urge to conquer, rather than the need to protect their own people.