What Did the Pueblo Indians Make Out of Turkey?

Published on September 25, 2014 by Amy

Love this article and want to save it to read again later? Add it to your favourites! To find all your favourite posts, check out My Favourites on the menu bar.

Hopi Dancer
Pueblo Dancer performing the Turkey Dance

The turkey was the most important animal for the Pueblo Indians of the American Southwest. Turkeys were first introduced into the United States from Mexico around the year 200 AD. By the year 1100, the turkey had become a vital source of food, clothing and religious symbolism for the Pueblo Indians.

dna testing, dna ancestry testing, ancestry, genealogy, indian genealogy records, paternity testing, turquoise jewelry, native american jewelry

Food Source

Although the Pueblo peoples primarily subsisted on a vegetarian diet that included beans, squash and corn, they also hunted for small game and domesticated their own animals for meat. By far the most important domesticated food animal for the Pueblo peoples was the turkey. The turkey was either smoked and preserved or roasted and eaten with bread and corn.

Clothing

The Pueblo peoples often used turkey feathers to adorn their clothing. This included day-to-day clothing worn by the lay people, as well as special religious outfits and headdresses that their priests and shamans wore on ceremonial days.

Religious Symbols

The turkey was an important religious symbol for the Pueblo peoples. Pueblo homes often contained hanging charms to which turkey feathers were affixed. The charms were supposed to provide protection from evil spirits. In addition, the Pueblo peoples performed exorcisms for those they believed to be possessed by evil spirits with the aid of turkey feather charms.

Bedding and Blankets

The Pueblo peoples made extensive use of turkey feathers for their bedding and blankets. Blankets were woven and then layered with turkey feathers for additional warmth, and pillows were most often stuffed with turkey feathers.

Source: ehow

NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged
Based on the collective work of NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com, © 2014 Native American Encyclopedia.
Cite This Source | Link To What Did the Pueblo Indians Make Out of Turkey?
Add these citations to your bibliography. Select the text below and then copy and paste it into your document.

American Psychological Association (APA):

What Did the Pueblo Indians Make Out of Turkey? NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Retrieved September 30, 2014, from NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com website: http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/what-did-the-pueblo-indians-make-out-turkey/

Chicago Manual Style (CMS):

What Did the Pueblo Indians Make Out of Turkey? NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com. NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/what-did-the-pueblo-indians-make-out-turkey/ (accessed: September 30, 2014).

Modern Language Association (MLA):

"What Did the Pueblo Indians Make Out of Turkey?" NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Native American Encyclopedia 30 Sep. 2014. <NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/what-did-the-pueblo-indians-make-out-turkey/>.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE):

NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com, "What Did the Pueblo Indians Make Out of Turkey?" in NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged. Source location: Native American Encyclopedia http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/what-did-the-pueblo-indians-make-out-turkey/. Available: http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com. Accessed: September 30, 2014.

BibTeX Bibliography Style (BibTeX)

@ article {NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com2014,
    title = {NativeAmericanEncyclopedia.com Unabridged},
    month = Sep,
    day = 30,
    year = 2014,
    url = {http://nativeamericanencyclopedia.com/what-did-the-pueblo-indians-make-out-turkey/},
}
You might also like:

Tags:  , , , ,

Facebook Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Did You Know?

Freeze dried food is a Native Invention. The Inca of Peru used to preserve potatoes using a freeze-dry process. They would put them on mountain terraces, and the solar radiation and extremely cold temperatures created a freeze-dried product that lasted indefinitely.

Sponsor
In the Spotlight
Latest Articles
Most Favourited Posts
Photo Galleries
Native American Tribe KotzebueNative American Tribe KoskimoNative American Tribe YanktonaiNative American Politicians II