Did Native Americans actively or passively seek out and/or value gold prior to the arrival of Europeans?
Presumably they were not actively mining for gold. But did they seek it out (perhaps in river beds & streams)? If they did not actively search for it like the later Europeans, did they any special value on gold?
I'm particularly interested in Native American groups in the North American West between, say, 1400-1800 AD. My searches so far have turned up some information about pre-Columbian Natives in South America, and plenty about the impact of the Gold Rush of the 1800s on Native American tribes, but very little about Native North American groups during the late Woodland period.