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Early Ways of Life
Transcript of Early Ways of Life
Over time groups of people began to form civilizations. With a more settled life, some civilizations built large cities that became centers or learning, religion, and government.
The olemec civilization was one of the earliest in the Americas. This civilization lasted from about 1500 B.C. to 300 A.D.
They had a strong trade system.
They created systems of writing and counting.
Their system is the bases of our 365 day calendar.
Some historians call them the "mother culture.
Scientist use the name Mound Builders to group together many Native American societies. These societies all built large earth mounds.
The largest of the mound-building civilizations was the Mississippian. It began in the Mississippi River valley in about 700 A.D. Cahokia which is just east of St. Louis was among the largest of these civilizations. 30,000 people lived in Cahokia in 1200 A.D. They had a strong trade system.
The Mayan Civilization
Namad: Person who wonders from place to place, living in caves or tents made of animal skins.
Artifact: objects that were made by people
Early Ways of Life
First people to settle in the 4 corners region. (place where Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico meet.
Lived in houses built against canyon walls or in caves
Houses had many levels
Hunters and Gatherers
Early people most likely led a nomadic life, moving from place to place. Giant animals such as mastodons and wooly mammoths once roamed North America. Early people hunted these animals. They ate the meat and used the fur, skins, and bones to make clothing and tools. They gathered wild foods, such as nuts, plants, and roots.
Tradition: a way of life of or an idea that has been passed down from your ancestors.
Class: a group of people in a society who have something in common.
The Mayan civilization was influenced by the Olmec traditions. Between 300 A.D. and 900 A.D. the Maya ruled much of what is now southern Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize.
They developed their own writing system.
They recorded their history.
Their writing was a system based on hieroglyphs (picture symbols)
Their counting system included the number zero.
They had classes and had powerful kings who ruled.
They built big stone cities.