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9 09, 2017

Norte Chico history – South America

By |2018-11-09T08:31:23-07:00September 9th, 2017|History, South America|1 Comment

Norte Chico building: Stepped platform at Caral (ca. 2200 BC) When did people first reach Peru? People probably first arrived in Peru about 13,000 BC. They were following the Pacific coast south from North America. More about Native Americans More South America articles Like the people who settled Brazil, on the other side of South America, around [...]

8 09, 2017

Central and South American food

By |2018-04-19T15:03:08-07:00September 8th, 2017|Central America, Food, South America|0 Comments

Aztec men sharing a meal When people first came to Central and South America, perhaps about 15,000 BC, they hunted and gathered all of their food. They picked wild potatoes, wild teosinte (the ancestor of corn), wild beans and wild tomatoes and avocados. They hunted rabbits and llamas and turkeys, and fished in the rivers and the ocean. For fun, they probably fermented teosinte and other plants into [...]

13 08, 2017

Mississippians and American history

By |2018-11-20T10:05:20-07:00August 13th, 2017|History, Native American|0 Comments

Excavation of a house at Joara The Little Ice Age The people who lived in the lower Mississippi valley (modern Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama) were not doing so well around 1500 AD. The Little Ice Age of the 1400s, or some other crisis, had weakened their economic and political system. But they were farming corn and beans and [...]

10 08, 2017

Three Sisters – Native American religion

By |2018-04-24T10:38:43-07:00August 10th, 2017|Native American, Religion|0 Comments

  Corn, beans, and squash growing together Different people told different versions of this story. Here is a Cherokee version: Once upon a time there were three sisters. The first sister was very tall and strong; her name was Corn Girl, and she wore a pale green dress and had long yellow hair that blew in [...]

10 08, 2017

Early Sioux history – Native Americans

By |2018-04-07T17:05:40-07:00August 10th, 2017|History, Native American|0 Comments

Mound on Lake Marion, Santee River (thanks to Wikipedia) About 800 AD, ancestors of the Sioux people probably lived in the south-eastern part of North America, around where South Carolina is now. Like the Mississippians to their west, they built earth mounds, and probably they also farmed corn and beans and sunflowers. Around 1000-1300 AD, a global warming period encouraged [...]

9 08, 2017

Mississippian period – Native Americans

By |2019-09-15T07:00:04-07:00August 9th, 2017|Native American|5 Comments

Cahokia mound in Illinois, where a Mississippian city was After 800 AD the Mississippian culture developed all along the Mississippi and the Missouri valleys, replacing the earlier Woodland culture. Now many people lived in towns. They built temples and palaces on top of big earth mounds. They had wooden fortification walls around their towns, with [...]

9 08, 2017

Iroquois history – Native Americans

By |2019-09-27T05:04:05-07:00August 9th, 2017|Native American|4 Comments

Early Iroquois history: Mohawk pottery Haudenosaunee Early Iroquois history starts when the Iroquois originally came to America with the other Native Americans. They may have first settled around what's now Maryland around 1000 AD. Iroquois since colonization What was Iroquois food like? Iroquois longhouses All our Native American articles The Iroquois didn't call themselves "Iroquois", [...]

22 06, 2017

Where do pinto beans come from? South America

By |2017-06-22T22:02:55-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Food, South America|0 Comments

Pinto Beans (USDA photo) Beans evolved along with the other flowering plants about 360 million years ago. Bean plants are a kind of vine or bush, and the beans grow in pods. There are lots of beans that grow wild in Africa and Asia, so people were already used to eating beans before [...]

22 06, 2017

Healthy refried beans – Food history project

By |2017-12-05T15:48:46-07:00June 22nd, 2017|Central America, Food|0 Comments

Tacos with refried beans inside (thanks to Taco Bell) You've probably already eaten refried beans lots of times, but if you haven't, why not start now by having a taco with refried beans in it for lunch or dinner? Mexican restaurants There are lots of Mexican restaurants all over the United States where [...]