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2 Where Did They Live?  Desert Indians lived in the Southwest: Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and parts of Texas  The land varies, but includes mesas, deep canyons, mountains, and deserts.  All of the land gets less than 5 inches of rain a year, and most of that rain happens in a 6 week period!

3 The Southwest is a very dry area. What deserts are located here???

4 The Desert Tribes  The earliest tribe were the Anasazi. They were the first basket makers and cliff dwellers.  They were peaceful Indians.  Others include….. –Pueblo –Navajo –Apache –Zuni

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6 Everyday Life - Men  Invented ways to irrigate their crops, mostly by digging canals from nearby rivers  Hunting wasn’t important to the Desert Indians, there weren’t any large animals to hunt only rabbits and prairie dogs.  Crafts like pottery, bead making and weaving were the man’s job.

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8 Everyday Life - Women  Planted gardens at the bottom of hills to catch the run-off rain.  Gathered berries, nuts, bulbs and seeds to grind into food.  Corn was 80% of their diet.  Women died the cotton for clothes, but didn’t make them.

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10 Everyday Life - Kids  Kids only grew to be about 5 feet tall because of their plant based diet.  Boys and girls played with Kachina Dolls. These dolls were carved out of roots to look like spirits.  Boys went on vision quests

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12 What Did They Live In?  The Desert Indians lived in pueblos, which are made up of sandstone.  Pueblos are like apartments and can have 800 rooms joined together in one building!  Had ladders getting from place to place, they could be pulled inside incase of an attack.

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14 What Did They Live In?  Some Desert Indians lived in hogans.  Hogans are built at the base of hills and are made of everything from nature (dirt, animal, wood…)  A village would spread out over a large piece of land, but families would cluster together.

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16 What about Travel?  They didn’t travel.  The tribes were so isolated that they rarely ran into other tribes.

17 Desert Fashion  Clothes were mostly woven from threads of the yucca plant and cotton. They didn’t have a lot of animal skins.  Since it was hot all year, clothing was kept light and sparse.  Men and women wore a lot of jewelry.

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19 The Snake Dance (ick!)  The snake represented harmony between all things living.  For 8 days live snakes (mostly rattlers) were colleted from the four corners of the village and placed in an underground room. They would normally collect snakes.  Priests would stroke them with eagle feathers to soothe them  On the last day, priests would take each snake and hold it in their mouth then throw it in cornmeal before releasing it.

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21  Geronimo fought against the white man because his tribe was made to be slaves in mines.


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