What materials did the Hualapai  Indians use from their environment to make what they needed; and what are some of the things they made?

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The Hualapai Indian Nation is native to the American Southwest, and today the tribe primarily lives in the state of Arizona. Though the Southwest is a desert climate, the Hualapai used an abundance of natural resources in their subsistence.

Homes were built of cedar or willow boughs. In fact- Hualapai...

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The Hualapai Indian Nation is native to the American Southwest, and today the tribe primarily lives in the state of Arizona. Though the Southwest is a desert climate, the Hualapai used an abundance of natural resources in their subsistence.

Homes were built of cedar or willow boughs. In fact- Hualapai means "People of the Tall Pine," which shows how important cedar pines are to these people. Clothing included dresses and trousers made of deerskin, and sandals woven from yucca fiber. For food, Hualapai people historically grew crops of maize, squash, and beans, and hunted wild game like deer and rabbit. Where people lived near the river, men would fish in addition to their hunting. Women also gathered yucca root, edible grass seeds, and cactus fruit, which grow wild in the desert. Clay is plentiful in the Southwest and was used to make storage and cooking vessels. Baskets were also woven from reed-grasses.

Items that were not available in the immediate environment were traded for with other tribes.

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