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Old 01-02-2014, 06:20 PM
 
Location: El Sereno, Los Angeles, CA
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First of all Native Americans in South America and Mesoamerica were still Native Americans, American Indians in what is now occupied by the United States did indeed build structures out of whatever was available to them, you had the Mississipian culture with their large urban centers that died out because of unhealthiness prior to colonial invasion, Puebloan people in the Southwest had their towns built out of adobe, Haudenosaunee and the like had longhouses made out of wood, I think the Cherokee and others in the southeast also had more permanent structures, that I'm not sure of.

My ancestors lived in homes you may not consider as "structures" but they were hunter gatherers in the Mojave desert.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:25 PM
 
Location: El Sereno, Los Angeles, CA
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They did, just not in the sense that Europeans did. They didn't have the same level of resources, technology, intellect, etc.
We didn't have the same level of intellect? What? Abya Yala had cities that were better than any city in Europe at the time, and were more advanced in many areas.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:29 PM
 
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But they did, mounds, lodges, log homes and that isn't counting the Mayan, Aztec, Inca cultures.

They didn't all live in teepees and chase buffalo.
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Old 01-02-2014, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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It's worth mentioning that it took a long time for cold-tolerant corn to spread into what's now the Eastern U.S. Mesoamericans domesticated it possibly as early as 6,700 BC, but it didn't spread into the southern U.S. until around 200 BC, and strains that grew well in the U.S. were only developed in 900 AD.

Now, North American Indians had domesticated their own crops. Most notably squash, but also sunflowers and a host of species not commonly eaten anymore (little barley, lambsquarters, knotweed, maygrass, and sumpweed).

You didn't hear much about the latter species because as soon as corn became a good crop, Native Americans abandoned them. Corn was simply much easier to farm and had higher yields. The Eastern U.S. was having a population boom as a result at the time when the British first settled, and in the process of transition from hunter-gardeners to settled farming villages. Another few centuries and you probably would have gotten some more true cities.

The bottom line is Native Americans didn't have as much time to develop civilization, and thus complex shelters and monuments, as their neighbors to the south. They only had the population densities needed for such construction for a short period of time.
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Old 01-02-2014, 07:47 PM
 
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Just curious, does it matter that they built structures or not because natives of Columbia did??

Some cultures/ethnic groups do not find reason in building large structures.
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Old 01-04-2014, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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I think it is important as it gives us more of an understanding about the people and their past..
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Old 01-04-2014, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Canada
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Natives in the United States did build structures.

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Old 11-21-2018, 08:05 AM
 
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Indians were, for the most part nomadic and of course, only needed what they could carry with them.
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Old 11-21-2018, 08:08 AM
 
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Plains Indians didn’t build buildings plenty of other tribes from the Northeast to the Desert Southwest did
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Old 11-21-2018, 09:03 AM
 
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You must visit the southwestern US....thousands of amazing examples of this.
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