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The Prehistoic People of North America

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S: The Mississippian Indians Written by Sami Weinkoetz

FC: The Mississippians | by Sami Weinkoetz

1: Mounds | Most of the mounds that the Mississippians built had temples on top of them | The mounds they built were often square, rectangular, and sometimes circular. | Many mounds were very large. The very largest standing 1,000 feet tall and being 800 feet wide. | The Mississippians were Temple Mound Builders, they built temples on their mounds which were used for religious ceremonies. They were also normal mound builders, but they built temples on their mounds more often.

2: Maize | Beans | White Tailed Deer | What they farmed, gathered, and hunted. | White tailed deer was the most important food source for the Mississippians. They also hunted other small animals such as rabbit, muskrat, beaver raccoon, and turkey. The Mississippians also grew plums, | Food

3: Muskrat | Rabbit | Archaeologists also found bone artifacts of other animals on Mississippian grounds. They found animals such as waterfowl, turtles, and fish. Fish was an important source for protein for the Mississippians. | The Mississippians were not hunter-gatherers, they were mostly farmers but they did hunt every so often. During the summer seasons they would grow plums, grapes, blackberries, and raspberries. They would also farm beans and maize.

4: The Mississippians lived from 800 CE to 1500 CE. They mostly lived in the south eastern United States in states such as Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, Mississippi and some parts in the mid east.

5: The homes that the Mississippians lived in were very similar to the houses built by the Wooden Indians. The houses mainly consisted of wood, mud, and tatch. They were square or rectangular shaped. | Pottery was used in many different ways in the Mississippian life. Many of these artifacts were used for religious purposes, some for trade, and other interactions among the Mississippian people. The tools they used mostly consisted of reeds, sticks, and bone fragments, The main material they used to make the pottery was clay. | The weapons that the Mississippians used were very common. The bow and arrow was used to kill larger animals such as white tails deer. They used sharp spears to kill smaller animals such as rabbits.

6: The tools that the Mississippians used were not uncommon. The used garden hoes to collect their crops. They also used clefts (in picture 4) and small axes to cut up their meat. In picture 2 is a picture of a Mississippian petroglyph of the spirit god "Thunderbird". Picture 3 shows some of the bowls that the Mississippians used when eating. | Mississippian pictograph

7: Clothing | The clothing that the Mississippians wore was very traditional, the clothes were mainly made out of animal skins.

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