More than twenty five different tribes of Native Americans lived in the southwestern area of the United States. Many of these tribes lived in villages called pueblos and became known as the Pueblo people.
The Pueblo people lived in unusual houses made of adobe brick. Adobe is a type of mud which the people shaped into bricks and then let dry. Many adobe homes exist today in the Southwest.
Long ago, the adobe homes had no doors. The people entered through a type of trap door at the top. The homes were usually three or four stories high. The ground floor had no windows and was used for storage. Usually several adobe homes were centered around a plaza.
The Pueblo people were peaceful and seldom fought in wars. They were talented at crafts and the men of some of the tribes made beautiful jewelry. The women were very good at pottery and painting.
Pueblo people were also known for wearing special masks when they danced. These masks, called kachinas, represented the faces of dead ancestors.