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Native American Cultures

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cultural area
a region which people share a similar way of life
tribe
a community of people who share common customs language and rituals
TRADED
native american tribes__________________ with one another for goods that were not found in there area
diffusion
the process of spreading new ideas from one place to another
trade
linked people across long distances and spread new ideas and skills
nomads
people who had to wander around in the search of food and shelter
inuits
a native american group that lived in arctic regions
pit house
were houses that were dug into the ground covered with animal skins and wood
potlatch
a ceremonial dinner in which gifts were given in order to show wealth and earn respect.
respect for nature
a belief shared by all native americans
kachinas
spirits who were dressed as masked native american dancers who were thought to bring rain
Iroquois
Native Americans that lived mostly in present day New York state.
long house
was about 150 feet long and 20 feet wide where 12 or more families lived together
women
played an important role in Iroquoian society
political
Women also had _______________ power and could choose clan leaders.
League of Iroquois
an alliance between the five warring Iroquois nations inspired by a religious leader known as dekanawida and another person called hiawatha
pueblo
housing used in the southwest that was made with adobe or sun dried brick
tepee
was used by american indians on the great plains and was made from buffalo hide