Unformatted text preview: large, terraced community houses set on ledges of cliffs or canyons for protection (see cliff dwellers ) and developed a ceremonial chamber (the kiva ) out of what had been the living room of the pit dwellings. This period of development ended c.1300, after a severe drought and the beginnings of the invasions from the north by the Athabascan-speaking Navajo and Apache. The known historic Pueblo cultures of such sedentary farming peoples as the Hopi and the Zuñi then came into being. They cultivated corn, beans, squash, cotton, and tobacco, killed rabbits with a wooden throwing stick, and traded cotton textiles and corn for buffalo meat from nomadic tribes. The men wove cotton textiles and cultivated the fields, while women made fine polychrome pottery. The mythology and religious ceremonies were complex....
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- Fall '10
- Puebloan peoples, pit dwellings, Aztec-Tanoan linguistic stock, main language group