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The Native American Indians in the southwest region lived in areas of Arizona and villages in New Mexico mostly the southern states of USA southern Colarado and Southern Utah These Pueblo people belonged to many different communitiesThey also spoke six different languages They were named in the 1500 by Spanish explorers The Spaniards found them living in the villages that resembled the Spanish towns and the word Pueblo in spanish means town Most of these people lived in New Mexico the majority of the people lived in Rio Grande in areas between Taos and Albuquerque Others lived in deserts or high plateau areas that were called Mesas in Laguna and Acoma in west-central New Mexico The climate in this region was cold in the winters with snow and dry hot summers because of the deserts Each of the pueblo villages have their own government and their own organization They were linked to one another in many customs that were similar The Pueblo are very close to their homeland and their traditions The natural resources that were available for housing were stone or adobe structures that resembled apartment buildings These homes had as many as four stories and the indians used ladders to reach up to the upper levels Many of the relatives also lived in the dwellings Farming was very important to these indians also They planted corn which was very abundant during that time as well as squash beans sunflowers cotton and tobacco Deer antelope and rabbits were also hunted and used for food Water was important for their survival Cactus was one source of water in the dry regions because they store water in their stems Irrigation ditches helped the indains water their crops They also developed where they dug deep holes around the seeds Dry planting digging deep holes Terracing was used to prevent soil erosion The Pueblo designed excellent and beautiful pottery The women wove baskets Cotton was woven
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