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The First Americans

glacier huge thick sheet of slowly moving ice
migration 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 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 plains indians made using bark, earth, and grass
nomad a person who moves around and doesn't live in one place
travois equipment similar to a sled that was made from 2 long poles and usually pulled by a dog
longhouse a large house made of wood poles and covered in bark
confederation a type of government in which separate groups of people join together, but local leaders still make many decisions for the group
wampum pieces of carefully shaped and cut seashells made by strings or belts
barter to exchange goods without using money
Created by: awiegand