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The First Americans

Chapter 2: The First Americans

TermDefinition
glacier A huge, thick sheet of slowly moving ice.
migration A movement from one region to another.
agriculture Farming or growing plants.
civilization A group of people living together who have systems of government, religion, and culture.
pueblo The Spanish word for town.
surplus Extra
potlatch A large feast that could last for several days.
clan A group of related families.
irrigation A way of supplying water to crops with streams, ditches or pipes.
staple A main crop.
ceremony An event at which people gather to express important beliefs.
lodge A type of home that the Plains Indians made using bark, earth and grass.
nomad A person who moves around and does not live in one place.
summary A short description of the main points in a piece of writing.
travois Equipment similar to a sled hat was made from two long poles and usually pulled by a dog.
longhouse A large house made out of wood poles and covered with bark.
confederation A type of government in which separate groups of people join together, but local leaders still make many decisions for their group.
wampum Pieces of carefully shaped and cut seashell made into strings or belts.
barter To exchange goods without using money.
Created by: kpotvin