The Indigenous in the Americas
Part I: The Hopewell Culture
The Hopewell Culture
The Hopewells: More Information
The Hopewells also had an intricate trading system from the Great Lakes to present-day Florida. As a result, they had access to exotic goods not found in their own settlements. There were larger settlements that served as "hubs" for the dissemination of trade goods to more distant locations.
More Information About the Hopewells
*The shapes of bowls and jars were introduced at this time and the imprints are found on the pottery.
Earthworks and Burial Mounds: They were a part of funerals and religious practices and were in different shapes.
*By 400 c.e. the Hopewell Culture was in decline for an unknown reason; but it is suspected that it was because of a cultural collapse. At the time there was a large-scale transition to larger, more permanent settlements in more isolated areas and there were technological developments (introduction of the bow and arrow) that led to a shift in hunting, gathering and war that forced the Hopewells to become more secluded for survival.