an elaborate ceremony where families displayed their rank and prosperity.
villages of large, apartment-style compounds made of stone, and adobe, or sun-baked clay.
natural object with which an indevidual, clan, or group identifies itself.
bark-paper book with recorded carvings.
recounts the highland mayans version of the story of creation.
green or black volcanic glass found in mexico, used to make razor-sharp weapons.
aztecs, texcoco, and tlacopan. leading power in mexico soon gained control over neighboring regions.
extended family group, undertook tasks too big for a single family.
labor tribute placed on subjects by the incan state.
set of knotted strings, used to record data.