For this section you will need to be familiar with the following:
Civilizations of the Americas
Polytheistic (many gods) Their beliefs were based on nature.
There were civilizations on both sides of th ocean and both were unaware the other existed.
Olmec - Central America - Mother Civilization - carved stone faces.
Mayan Empire - Central America - built stone temples - step pyramids - used a calendar - studied astronomy - wrote in hieroglyphics.
Aztec Empire - Central America - warriors - human sacrifice - rich in gold - conquered by Cortes.
Inca Empire - Western South America - Andes Mtns. of Peru - protected by mountains - rich in gold - Machu Picchu palace - conquered by Pizarro
Eastern Woodlands - lands east of the Mississippi River - forests/deer - wigwams.
The Plains - West of MS River & east of Rocky Mtns. - buffalos - tepees.
Desert Soutwest - Southwest U.S. - adobe homes - woven cloth.
Northwest Coast - Coastline from California to Alaska - fishermen - totem poles.
Inuit - Arctic regions - winter - igloos / summer - tents - seals, caribou & polar bears.
Influence of Native Americans