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When comparing and contrasting the development and later decline of major Indian cultures one must come to understand the way of living of each culture What did each culture develop in order to live and what fault did they encounter which later caused them to fall Usually that fault of these cultures comes from the Earth itself When looking at the Indian culture as a whole one comes to understand the strife that Native Americans once had endure despite the overwhelming conditions of their environments Most commonly the sudden change to colder drier climates led to the decline of these cultures because of their unprepared ill-equipped lives which usually consisted and thrived on the basis of a warm atmosphere To begin each culture must be first be identified generalized with other cultures in order to compare The Hohokam tribe which was situated near what is today southern Arizona were the ancestors of the present-day Pima-Papago The Hopewell and Mississippian cultures are linked together because the Hopewell culture which faded somewhere after 550 AD was then transformed one might say into a similar religious cult known as the Mississippian culture which endured until 1500 Both cultures were located in the forested core of the Midwest The Mississippian culture however moved as far southeast as Florida Pueblo also in the Midwest was a religion-based culture similar to Hopewell and Mississippian The Woodland culture is the most divergent from the others The people of the Woodland culture which spread throughout the east were at great distance from the religious centers and focused more on crops and hunting than religion The Eastern Woodlands region includes the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada When delving into the development and then life of cultures linked by a common feature you will notice certain similarities in the necessities of the people of the cultures For example all five of the Indian cultures listed were dependent on the cultivating of corn
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