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Old 12-07-2017, 06:05 PM   #31
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Chalako, forgive me if you know this already.

There was and is an enormous range of cultural variation among the Native people of the Americas. In the pre-contact Americas, there was all manner of settlements ranging from small camps of nomadic hunter-gathers to huge cities. Native peoples lived in seaport towns, trading centers, hunting camps, sacred precincts, agricultural research centers, farming villages, administrative centers, and just about anything else you can imagine. Our ancestors built timber framed longhouses, tipis, mud-brick apartment complexes, quarried stone cities, wickiups, hogans, bark walled longhouses, thatched homes, pit houses and dugout earth lodges.

In 1492, Tenochtitlan had a population rivaling the largest European cities of the day. The Inca Empire was larger than any in 15th century Europe. Staple crops maize (corn), potatoes, sweet potatoes the Inca people developed, from wild antecedents, came to feed peasants the world over in the ensuing centuries. The mound building cultures of the US mid-west were already legend and the Ancestral Pueblo people had dispersed along the upper Rio Grande, leaving the cities of Chaco canyon to fall into ruin.

The indigenous Americas and Americans were more complex and varied than Europe. Beware of generalizing from the narrow 19th century, tipi-dwelling, buckskin-clad dominant culture images of Native cultures.
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