MAYANS - T H E P E O P L E O F C O R N

This Pamphlet will help you understand why farming Agriculture was an important part of Mayan Culture.

What is Agriculture?

Agriculture is the practice of growing food or raising livestock.

What is Slash and Burn?

Slash and Burn is a farming technique the mayans used to keep their soil fertile. They do it before the beginning of the rain season. First they clear cut the land by cutting down and burnig all of the brush and foliage. Then, once the rain comes, the begin to plant seeds.

What plants did they grow?

The Mayans are most famous for growing and harvesting Corn even though they grew many other crops. That is why the Mayans are sometimes called “The PeoPle of Corn”

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AGRICULTURE

The PeoPle of Corn?
The Mayans were sometimes called “The PeoPle of Corn” because corn was their most valuable crop. Maize was most common food in their diet and used it to make porridge, tamales, and tortillas. What else did they grow? Sweet Potatoes Maize - Corn

WhaT do you see?
walk through rooms 5 and 6 and draw your observations.

WhaT do you Think?
1. How is farming differnt today?

2. What food crops do you need to survive?

Beans

Chili Peppers

Cotton

3. What did you learn today?

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