Contrasting the Cherokees and the Aztecs

The Cherokees and the Aztecs were very different people
in many ways not only in location but also in ways of living.
The Cherokees were southwestern woodland farmers. The
Aztecs were also farmers in mesoamerica like the Mayans.
The Cherokee lived in a very different climate than the
Aztecs and because of the difference they had different
crops and food.


The Cherokees made bows and arrows. They also made
many different kinds of baskets and pottery. They made the
bows and arrows for hunting and also to protect
themselves. The baskets were to store food and to carry
things in. The pottery was used to eat out of and they could
also trade it to other tribes for food or maybe even horses.
The Aztecs did feather working and goldworking. They
made shields and did art work with the feathers. They held
the feathers together with glue made from bat dung. They
made round objects by what was called the lost-wax
method. These gold things were mostly used for decoration
and for looks.

Housing And Shelter

One kind of house by the Cherokees were called teepees.
The teepees were made out of logs that are covered with
deer or buffalo hide. They kill and skin the animal and then
let the hide dry , they then placed the logs in a cone shape
and covered them with the animal hide. They also lived in
structures called long houses which were made of wood.
All of these houses together were called villages. They had
to make their houses easy to put up and take down so they
could so they could leave to avoid anything that might bring
harm to them. The Aztec craftsmen lived in huts. They were
made out of a mud-brick type mixture. The Aztec nobles
lived in palaces built of white washed stone and had over a
hundred rooms.


The climate in the area that the Cherokees lived in changes
from season to season this is one reason why they had to
move all the time. During the spring time the weather was
rainy but warm. The summer time was hot and dry with the
occasional rain. Fall was a time of cool and dry weather.
With maybe some rain or snow. The winter was pretty
harsh it was pretty cold and it was snowy. The Climate in
the area that the Aztecs lived in was hot and dry. They
lived in the desert. It was very hoot and very dry but they
knew how to live with it.

Geography and Location

The Cherokee lived in the southeast part of the United
States. They lived in what is now know as Tennessee,
Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. The terrain
they lived in changed from season to season. During the fall
and winter months they traveled a lot so they gather food
and hunt so they can take their food with them. During the
spring and summer months they settled down and would
farm, and they would also hunt the buffalo that would be
grassing the fields so they would have food for the harsh
winter months. Cherokees would farm most of their food
except during the winter months. The Aztecs lived in
Mexico around what is now known as Mexico City. They
lived in the Sierra Madre mountains.


Most of the clothes worn by the Cherokee were made out
of buffalo or deer skin. They hunted the buffalo during the
summer and would use the hide for blankets and clothes.
The deer hide was used to make their clothes, shoes, and
many other things. The animals they killed would be
completely used up, they used every part of the animal. The
Aztecs clothes were made out of animal skin also. Their
clothes were not only to cover themselves but they were
used as a way of showing a persons rank, so there were
very strict laws on who could wear what.

Crops and Food

Cherokees were very good, farmers they could grow corn,
potatoes, and many other tasty foods. The warriors of the
tribe would be the ones that hunted and fished for food.
They would hunt deer, buffalo, and any other game
animals. They did not only hunt for food but they also
hunted to make shoes and clothes out of the animal hide.
The women and children gathered berries, fruits and any
other type of food they could find. The Aztec peasants ate
mainly maize and beans, sometimes they might trap a duck
or a crow in the garden. The richer Aztecs ate turtles and
crabs imported from the coast. King Montezuma got to
choose from a hundred dishes each