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Who were the Nazca? South American history

By |2018-10-31T07:59:48-07:00September 9th, 2017|History, South America|

Nazca lines - a giant monkey drawn on the desert floor Nazca replace the Chavin After the Chavin state collapsed about 250 BC, two new states formed in Peru - the Moche in the north and the Nazca in the south. What were the Chavin like? More about the Moche South America articles So by about 100 BC, [...]

Who were the Mapuche? South American history

By |2019-04-01T08:49:16-07:00September 9th, 2017|History|

Changos whale hunt, El Madano, ca. 1000 AD When did people first reach Chile? There were probably people living in Chile (a narrow strip of land in South America between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean) by around 12,000 BC. They came south with their dogs along the coast of South America, either walking or in [...]

Who were the Chavin? South American history

By |2019-03-20T21:43:54-07:00September 9th, 2017|South America|

Chavin stone carving From Norte Chico to Chavin By around 900 BC, the Norte Chico people of northern Peru developed into the Chavin culture. Like the earlier Norte Chico people, the Chavin people used irrigation to farm potatoes, tomatoes, peanuts, and hot chili peppers. Who were the Norte Chico people? What about Valdivia further north? History of potatoes All our South America [...]

Brazil’s early history – South America

By |2019-02-22T05:09:58-07:00September 8th, 2017|History, South America|

Venus of Santarem (Brazil, ca. 1400-1000 BC) When did people get to Brazil? The first people probably arrived on the Atlantic coast of South America about 15,000 BC. Probably a second wave of people followed them around 11,000 BC. People reach the Americas Brazil and colonization All our South America articles How did they get there? [...]

Who are the Arawak? – South American history

By |2019-01-30T10:01:58-07:00September 8th, 2017|History, South America|

Arawak history: Arawak family in Trinidad, ca. 1500 AD The Arawak arrive in Venezuela The Arawak probably first arrived in South America with the second wave of people, around 15,000 BC. They were probably fishing people with canoes or boats, travelling south along the Atlantic coastline following the fish. History of fishing South American history All our South [...]

Central and South American food

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

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 [...]

Cherokee food – What did Cherokee people eat?

By |2018-12-19T11:19:25-07:00August 8th, 2017|Food, Native American|

Cherokee food: Corn on the cob The Three Sisters People who lived in the Cherokee nation were mostly farmers. They ate mainly corn and beans and squash (the "Three Sisters") that they grew in their fields. More about the Three Sisters Cherokee history All Native American articles How did the Cherokee cook corn? They made the corn into flat breads like tacos and tortillas [...]

Cherokee environment and climate – Native Americans

By |2018-11-13T08:47:49-07:00August 8th, 2017|Environment, Native American, North America|

Cherokee environment: A waterfall in what is now the south-eastern United States Where the Cherokee lived Where people of the Cherokee nation lived, in what is now North and South Carolina and Georgia, was a great place to live. It never got very cold - even in winter it hardly ever snowed - and it never got that hot [...]

Mehrgahr – Stone Age India

By |2018-11-05T18:44:18-07:00July 20th, 2017|History, India|

Clay figurines from Mehrgahr First people in India The first people reached India from Africa around 40,000 BC. There were probably still Neanderthals and Denisovans further north, but not in India. At first Indian people probably got most of their food from fishing and gathering shellfish, like other people around the world at this time. People leave Africa Early [...]

History of Pottery – Clay Pottery

By |2019-02-12T05:35:48-07:00May 25th, 2017|Art, China, Japan|

History of pottery: Philistine pottery (compare Mycenaean Greek pottery) What is pottery? Pottery is dishes, plates, cups, cooking pots, and storage jars made out of clay. People make dishes and pots out of clay for several reasons. Clay is cheap and easy to get, pretty much anybody can make a useful pot out of [...]