noun | encyclopedia/culture
Pronounced: \ˈpweb-loh\ | IPA: /ˈpwɛb loʊ/
Definition of the Ancient Pueblo prehistoric culture
A prehistoric paleoamerican culture of Northern Mexico and the Southwestern United States, dated to about 7000 B.C. to 1600 A.D. The culture is distinguished by their agricultural abilities, advanced pottery and textile arts, and their architectural abilities in pithouses, pueblos, and cliff dwellings. These people are the ancestors to the modern Pueblos, and were located in what is now known as the Four Corners (Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona) region, and had multiple roadways for religious and trade purposes.
Examples of the Ancient Pueblo prehistoric culture
Origin of the Ancient Pueblo prehistoric culture
The Hopi Pueblo used the term Hisatsinom to describe their ancestors, the Ancient Puebloans. The scientific community used to refer to them as the Anasazi, from the Navajo word Anaasází, meaning “Ancient Ones” or “Ancient Enemy.” The reason the word Anasazi has two translations is quite complicated. But, to put it simply, the Navajo people believe themselves to be, and are, relatives to the Pueblo but their differing ways of life have led to the distinction.
Associated: Sub-cultures; Archaic-Basketmaker (7000-1500 BC), Basketmaker (1500 BC – 750 AD), Early Pueblo (750 – 1680 AD), Modern Pueblo (1680 AD – Ongoing). Neighboring cultures; Mogollon, to the south. Hohokam, to the east.
First Known Use: As a people in 1500 BC, and called “Pueblo” in the 17th century