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Americas

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Potlatch A ceremonial feast used to display rank and prosperity in some Northwest Coast tribes of Native Americans
Anasazi People to the North in Mesoamerica who influenced Hohokam and lived in the Four Corners
Pueblo A village of large apartment-like buildings made of clay and stone, built by the Anasazi and later peoples of the American Southwest
Mississippian Relating to a Mound Builder culture that flourished in NA between AD 800 and 1500
Iroquois A group of Native American people who spoke related languages, liven in the eastern Great Lakes region of NA and formed an alliance in the late 1500s
Totem An animal or other natural object that serves as a symbol of the unity of clans or other groups of people
Tikal A spectacular city of Mayans
Glyph A symbolic picture, especially one used as part of a writing system of carving messages into stone
Codex A book with pages that can be turned
Popol Vuh A book containing a version of the Mayan story of creation
Obsidian A hard glassy volcanic rock used by early peoples to make sharp weapons
Quetzalcoatl "The Feathered Serpent," a god of the Toltecs and other Mesoamerican peoples
Montezuma A new ruler of the Aztecs who was crowned emperor in 1502, he weakened the empire and he is the emperor who Cort├ęs met
Quipu An arrangement of knotted strings on a cord used by the Inca to record numerical information
Mita In the Inca Empire, the requirement that all able-bodied subjects work for the state a certain number of days a year
Allyu A traditional form of community in Mesoamerica
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