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Ch. 16 vocab. james is bad

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Potlatch
A ceremonie where families display their rank and prosperity
Anasazi
People to the north, they lived on four corners and built impressive cliff dwellings
Pueblos
villiages of large, apartment-style coumpounds made of stone or clay
Mississippian
Last mound builder culture
Iroquois
example of a political alliance, a group of tribes speaking related languages living in the eastern great lakes region
totems
natural object with which an individual,clan,or group identifies itslef
Tikal
a mayan city, a major center in northern guatemala
Glyph
Mayan writing symbols
codex
bark-paper book containing important historical events
Popol Vuh
Book on the creation of the world
Obsidian
green or black volcanic glass used for making sharp tools or weapons
Quetzalcoatl
Feathered serpent god
Triple alliance
Aztecs joined with Texcoco and Tlacopan
Montezuma II
New ruler, the aztec empire began to weaken under his rule
Pachacuti
Incan leader, that conquered peru and then moved into neighboring lands
Ayllu
Incan social system was based on age-old form of community cooperation
Mita
Labor tribute that required all able-bodied citizens to work for the state a certain number of days every year
Quipu
A set of knotted strings that could be used to record data