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  1. Desert Indians

  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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

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

  11. 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.

  12. 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 100-200 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.

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