of their ancestors’ journeys through the region’s arid canyons and mesas.
Ancient stories tie the present-day Pueblo peoples to their origins and ancestral lands, where Native people built and rebuilt stone or adobe dwellings, often occupied them for hundreds of years, and then moved on.
The earliest Pueblo material in the museum’s collection, dating to between 550 BC and AD 500, was recovered from caves at Grand Gulch.
The beginnings of Pueblo pottery traditions can also be seen in materials found at Mesa Verde (AD 600–1300), well known for its spectacular cliff dwellings.
Macaw parrots, native to the tropical lowlands of southern Mexico, were bred at Paquimé, hub of the precious-feather trade during the 14th and 15th centuries.
Vast quantities of shell beads found at Grand Gulch provide evidence that ancestral Pueblo peoples had links with the coast of Southern California very early on.
The Zuni, Hopi, Acoma, Apache, and Navajo peoples also adopted pueblos, which were governed by religious elders.
The Zuni, Hopi, and Acoma tribes are also known for their distinctive baskets and pottery. : The Hohokam people dug irrigation ditches and grew corn, beans, and squash.
The Apaches and Navajos were originally nomadic hunters, but began farming after coming into contact with the Pueblo cultures.The Mississippian culture replaced the Hopewell, building walled towns and earth mounds from Wisconsin to Florida.In Central America, the Maya seem to have begun a decline after 900 AD, building fewer buildings and carving hardly any inscriptions, but the Zapotec continued their civilization. Across the Pacific in China, the T'ang Dynasty collapsed about 800 AD, but China stayed more or less unified under the Sung Dynasty.- About 1000 AD, the world's climate got a few degrees warmer, and this climate change brought many other changes with it.In North America, Tuniit moved south from the Arctic into Greenland, and then they were wiped out by the Inuit, who were also on the move.