Application and Reflection Questions
Why do you think maize agriculture became very common in Mesoamerica but was of only minor importance in South America?
If evidence of 15,000-year-old rafts and canoes was found along the Pacific coast, how might this change our understanding of early migration in the Americas?
Do you think the Olmec culture was a “mother culture” for the later Mesoamerican civilizations? Why or why not?
If you were a visitor to an Olmec or Maya city, what would you experience from the start of your stay to the end?
What do you think life was like for the Anasazi living in the cliffside dwellings? What might a member of the community experience during a typical day?
How might you have responded to acts of human sacrifice if you lived in the Aztec Empire? Why?