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Flashcards in The Americas Vocab Deck (13):
1

Chacmool

a type of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican stone statue, depicting a human figure in a position of reclining with the head up and turned to one side, holding a tray over the stomach.

2

Formline

the style of art in the Northwest Coast of North America, distinguished by the use of characteristic shapes referred to as ovoids, U forms and S forms.

3

Kiva

subterranean rooms found among ruins in the American southwest, used for ritual or cultural purposes by the ancient peoples of the region.

4

Longhouse

a type of long, proportionately narrow, single-room building made out of timber.

5

Mesoamerica

region that extends from central Mexico into Central America

6

Petroglyph

pecked or engraved rock art

7

Pictograph

painted rock art

8

Potlatch

ceremonial feast where possessions are given away or destroyed to show wealth or enhance prestige

9

Pueblo

elaborate, multi-storied structures with many rooms for specialized purposes; towns

10

Quillwork

textile embellishment that uses porcupine quills

11

Talud-tablero

architectural style that consists of a platform structure on top of an inward sloping surface or pane

12

Tepee

conical tent made of animal skins and wooden poles

13

Totem pole

monumental sculptures carved from large trees