Term Definition
Agriculture farming or growing plants
Clan a group of related families
Irrigation a way of supplying water to crops from streams, ditches, or pipes
Nomad a person who moves around and does not live in one place
Glacier a huge thick sheet of slowing moving ice
Migration moving from one region to another
Civilization a group of people living together who have systems of a government, religion, and culture
Pueblo The Spanish word for town
Surplus extra
Potlatch a large feast that could last for several days
Staple a main crop that is used for food
Ceremony a formal event at witch people gather to express certain beliefs
Lodge a type of home that Plains Indians used, made of bark, earth, and grass.
Travois equipment similar to a sled, made from two long poles
Longhouse a long house made out of wood poles and covered in bark
Confederation a type of government in which separate groups of people join together, but local leaders make many decisions
Wampum pieces of carefully shaped seashells, made into string or belts
Barter to exchange goods without using money
The First Americans Social Studies Vocab

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