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By Cameron B. Wesson

These unexpected with the prehistory of North the US have a common belief of the cultures of the continent that comes with local american citizens residing in tipis, donning feathered headdresses and buckskin garments, and following migratory bison herds at the nice Plains. even though those practices have been a part of a few local American societies, they don't effectively characterize the range of cultural practices via the overpowering majority of local American peoples. Media misrepresentations formed via tv and films in addition to a spotlight on choose areas and sessions within the background of the USA have produced a really distorted view of the indigenous population of the continent and their cultures. The indigenous populations of North the US created remarkable societies, engaged in alternate, and had various fiscal, social, and spiritual cultures. over the last century, archaeological and ethnological study all through all areas of North the USA has published a lot in regards to the indigenous peoples of the continent. This e-book examines the lengthy and complicated heritage of human career in North the US, protecting its certain tradition in addition to parts of the Arctic, California, jap Woodlands, nice Basin, nice Plains, Northwest Coast, Plateau, Southwest, and Subarctic. whole with maps, a chronology that spans the background from 11,000 B.C. to A.D. 1850, an introductory essay, greater than seven hundred dictionary entries, and a finished bibliography, this reference is a beneficial instrument for students and scholars. An appendix of museums that experience North American collections and an inventory of archaeological websites that permit excursions via the general public additionally make this an obtainable consultant to the lay reader and highschool pupil.

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1150). The Acoma are agriculturalists, cultivating maize, beans, squash, and wheat. At present, there are more than 3,000 Acoma living in New Mexico and Arizona. ACORNS. A natural product of several species of oak tree, acorns were utilized as a food source by many Native American groups. However, before they are suitable for human consumption, acorns must be processed to remove poisonous tannic acids. The process of removing this poison frequently included pounding the acorns into meal, then using water to leach out the bitter acids.

ABERDEEN SITE. Archaeological site located on the Thelon River, west of Hudson Bay in Canada. P. ). The inhabitants of this site were engaged in the seasonal hunting of caribou. The Aberdeen site is part of the Shield Archaic, and is important primarily because tools from the site evidence a mixture of Great Plains and Midwestern lithic (stone tool) traditions. This combination of traits from two distinct regions suggests that the occupants of the Aberdeen site migrated into the region from the Plains and Midwest following glacial retreat in the region.

ACORNS. A natural product of several species of oak tree, acorns were utilized as a food source by many Native American groups. However, before they are suitable for human consumption, acorns must be processed to remove poisonous tannic acids. The process of removing this poison frequently included pounding the acorns into meal, then using water to leach out the bitter acids. Acorns were utilized by early peoples in the Eastern Woodlands, where oak trees are abundant. P. ). ACOSTA, JOSÉ (1540–1600).

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