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The Toltec, Aztec, and Mayan Indian Tribes

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The Toltec, Aztec, and Mayan Indian Tribes

TOLTECS>

The Toltecs were an Indian tribe who existed from 900 A.D. to 1200. They

had a capital city of Tollan, and their influences reached south to the

Yucatan and Guatemala. They were a composite tribe of Nahua, Otomi, and

Nonoalca. The Tolt ecs made huge stone columns decorated like totem poles.

AZTECS>

Aztecs were an American Indian people who rule an empire in Mexico during

the 1400's and early 1500's. They practiced a religion that affected every

part of their lives. To worship the Aztecs built towering temples, created

huge sculptures, and had human sacrifices. The center of Aztec

civilization was a river valley in Mexico. The emperor of the Aztecs was

called the "huey tlatoani" (great speaker). A council of high-ranking no

bles chose him from the members of a royal family. The Aztec society had

four main classes nobles, commoners, serfs, and slaves. The typical Aztec

household consisted of a husband and wife, their unmarried children, and a

number of the husbands relative s. Boys were educated by...
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