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The Pueblo Indians The Pueblo people are Native Americans who live in the Southwestern United States They occupy New Mexico and Northeastern Arizona The Pueblos include many groups some are the Hopis Acomas Zunis and Lagunas They live on cliff tops in stone or adobe housing The Pueblo Indians have four main languages The people near Santa Fe and Albuquerque speak the Tanoan and Keresan languages The Zunis one large village in western New Mexico speaks their very own language It shows no relation to any other known language The Hopis villages in northeastern Arizona speak a Uto-Aztecan type of language Although the linguistic groups are so different all the Pueblo people have an almost identical culture The Pueblo Indians lived in buildings that looked like apartments These buildings consisted of stone or adobe The rooms were square with flat roofs Detachable ladders were used to get from one story to the next The houses floors were supported by poles Their doorways were made in a T shape Each village had at least two kivas A kiva is an underground chamber used by men to hold religious ceremonies Today the Pueblos houses have hinged doors and glass window panes The Pueblo are connected by archeologists to an old southwest culture known as the Basket Makers While the Basket Maker period BC - AD 700 was going on they learned to weave and they grew pumpkins and corn as a substitute for hunting and gathering wild plants A short while after the Basket Maker period the Pueblo were introduced to pottery Today the Pueblo Indians are known for their beautiful pottery During this time the Pueblo began growing more types of corn they also started to grow cotton They began using stone to build their homes The modern Pueblo period began in 1700 and is not over yet In the early 1700s the Spanish introduced
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