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Ch 7: Indigenous Peoples of South America

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Take a look at this chapter to review information about the indigenous peoples of South America. The chapter's lessons and quizzes offer you a quick way to prepare for an exam, catch up in class or simply learn more about South American indigenous peoples for fun.

Indigenous Peoples of South America - Chapter Summary

This mobile-friendly chapter provides an overview of the indigenous peoples of South America, including the Aymara, Guarani, Huaorani and Quechua peoples. As you progress through these bite-sized lessons, you'll learn all about these cultures' religions, music, clothing, languages, histories and much more. When you're finished with a lesson, try the accompanying self-assessment quiz to reinforce your understanding of key concepts. The online format of the chapter allows you to study at any time that fits your schedule. When you're finished, you should be able to:

  • Describe the language, culture, religion, history, music, art and clothing of the Aymara people
  • Assess the Guarani people's history, religion, missions, language, culture, food, art and music
  • Discuss the Huaorani people's culture and language
  • Identify the location of the Quechua tribe
  • Summarize the life of Bolivian president Evo Morales

9 Lessons in Chapter 7: Indigenous Peoples of South America
Aymara People: Language, Culture & Religion

1. Aymara People: Language, Culture & Religion

In this lesson, learn about the Aymara people, an indigenous culture of the Andean highlands. Discover their language, explore their food, symbols and other aspects of their culture as well as the most relevant features of their religion.

The History of the Aymara Tribe of the Andes

2. The History of the Aymara Tribe of the Andes

Living from the land, planting and harvesting, or hand-weaving boats for fishing on a crystal-blue lake in South America are some of the things the Aymara Tribe in the Andes does daily. This lesson will discuss the tribe's history through the ages.

The Aymara Tribe: Music, Art & Clothing

3. The Aymara Tribe: Music, Art & Clothing

Colorful woven textiles and music played on distinct instruments like panpipes and charangos. They're from a very old native South American culture. In this lesson, explore the clothing, music and art of the Aymara tribe.

Guarani People: History, Religion & Missions

4. Guarani People: History, Religion & Missions

The Guarani are the ancient people who occupied parts of Paraguay, Brazil and Argentina. In this lesson, learn about their ancient and modern lifestyle, as well as their unique religion and the role it plays in their lives.

Guarani of Paraguay: Language, Culture & Food

5. Guarani of Paraguay: Language, Culture & Food

In this lesson, learn about the Guarani, a native group from Paraguay and the surrounding areas. Explore some relevant aspects of their culture, as well as their language. Also, study the basics of their traditional gastronomy.

Art & Music of the Guarani Tribe

6. Art & Music of the Guarani Tribe

How does a culture maintain its character through centuries of challenges? Can its art reflect a complex mix of influences? In this lesson, explore the art and music of the Guarani Tribe.

Huaorani People of Ecuador: Culture & Waorani Language

7. Huaorani People of Ecuador: Culture & Waorani Language

This lesson focuses on various cultural aspects of the Huaorani people of Ecuador including their relationships, social habits, language, diet, and lifestyle.

Quechua Tribe: Location & Language

8. Quechua Tribe: Location & Language

In this lesson explore the Quechua, a large group of tribes living in the South American Andes. Discover where they are and have been historically located and also, learn about the main features of their language.

Bolivian President Evo Morales: Biography & Quotes

9. Bolivian President Evo Morales: Biography & Quotes

In this lesson, we will learn about Bolivian president Evo Morales. First coming to office in 2006, Morales is an avowed socialist and the first Amerindian president of Bolivia, hailing from the country's Aymara indigenous group.

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