American Eras: Early American Civilizations and Exploration by Gretchen D. Starr-Lebeau

By Gretchen D. Starr-Lebeau

A part of a chain supplying special info at the eras of pre-twentieth century the United States, this quantity comprises articles protecting headlines and headline makers, awards, achievements and different enlightening and wonderful evidence on early American civilization.

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In winter the inhabitants vacated their towns and dispersed into smaller hunting camps, but the majority of their time was spent inside the walls of their towns. ) celebrating the friendship between colonists and Native Americans (New York State Museum) AMERICAS: THE PEOPLE 29 THE THREE SISTERS At roughly the same time that Asians began experimenting with domesticated wheat, Indians in south central Mexico began growing teosinte, a type of grass. Over the next several millennia teosinte began to evolve into a plant similar to modern corn.

The people of 28 Hopewell and Adena regularly buried important individuals in the mounds, usually with prestige goods such as copper jewelry, shell gorgets, ornate pipes, and so forth. The veneration accorded the dead as evidenced by the quality of the burial goods has led archaeologists to surmise that the dead bodies were those of chiefs or priests. If such special attention was lavished only on political and religious leaders, perhaps the populations of the Adena and of the Hopewell cultures were divided into classes.

Improvements in hunting and, more particularly, fishing technology led to a large growth in population. Like most coastal Indians and like all hunter-gatherer peoples, the Salishes and the Nootkas migrated from place to place depending on the season. In the summer they lived by the ocean and spent the bulk of their time fishing. In the fall they moved inland by rivers and streams and poised themselves to harvest salmon. Winter drove them into sheltered bays, where they rode out the cold weather.

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