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Native Amer. Vocab.

Chapter 4 Native American Indians Vocabulary

adobe a type of clay found in the earth that the Hopi used to build their homes
lodge a home made of logs covered with grasses, sticks, and soil in which the Lakota Sioux lived
teepee a cone-shaped tent made of animal skins
pueblo a Spanish word that means "village", it also describes the apartment-style homes of the Hopi
potlatch a special Tlingit feast at which guests, not hosts, receive gifts
longhouse a long building made of poles covered with sheets of bark
wampum small, polished beads that were usually made from shells and strung or woven together
totem pole a tall log carved with many designs used to honor an important person or to mark a special event
coup stick a special weapon used by the Lakota Sioux to touch an enemy without killing him
technology the design and use of tools, ideas, and methods to solve problems
compromise the settling of disputes by agreeing that each side will give up part of its demands
clan a group of families who share the same ancester
prairie a flat or gently rolling land covered mostly with grasses and wildflowers
travois a sled-like device used for carrying people and belongings
jerky thin strips of dried meats
kachina a spirit who the Hopi believe brings rain, helps crops grow, shows people how to live and behave, and brings peace and prosperity
Iroquois Confederacy the union of five separate Iroquois peoples for a common purpose
kiva a chamber built wholly or partly underground, used by male Pueblo Indians for religious rites
hogan an 8 sided home made of mud where the Hopi lived; and its door always faced east
winter counts a calendar used by the Plains Indians to keep track of time
wigwam a home for some Iroquois Indians, made with bent saplings and covered with tree bark
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