What did the Hohokam use their pottery for?

What did the Hohokam use their pottery for?

The Hohokam are well known for the pottery they made from roughly AD 500 to 1450, which was used for storage, food preparation, cooking, and serving tasks as well as ceremonial purposes.

What is Hohokam pottery?

Hohokam pottery tends to be constructed of buff or light brown clay, and they were made using the paddle-and-anvil technique. Hohokam pottery is often decorated with red geometric designs, usually banded or allover patterns of repeated small motifs.

How was Hohokam pottery made?

In contrast, Hohokam pottery was made using the paddle-and-anvil technique. The potter held a stone anvil inside the vessel and beat the vessel wall with a wooden paddle in order to build and form it into the desired shape.

What color clay and paint does most Hohokam pottery use?

The Hohokam made pottery with clay from the desert mixed with sand found in desert washes. Their buff (light brown) pottery was often decorated with red designs using paint they made from iron pigment found in the desert.

Where are some of the earliest coil forms in art history?

Where Did Coil Pottery Originate? Coil pottery originated in Central Mexico nearly 4000 years ago and slowly spread north, and I mean slooooooowly. It took nearly 2000 years for coil pottery technology to travel to the area around Tucson, Arizona where the earliest pottery in the United States has been found.

What is the coil method when using clay?

To do this, the potter takes a pliable material (usually clay) then rolls it until it forms a coil, or long pliable cylinder. By placing one coil on top of another, different shapes can be formed.

What is slip in pottery?

A slip is a clay slurry used to produce pottery and other ceramic wares. On one definition engobe, as compared to slip, has somewhat lower clay content, higher proportion of flux, and added filler, and in some cases a colorant.

What did Hohokam people wear on their arm?

Shell bracelets are a common artifact type found on Hohokam sites including Mesa Grande. Crafted by removing the center of a clam shell, the bracelets were typically worn by men on their upper left arm. Shells with designs etched into them with a mild acid represent one of the earliest examples of this advanced technology.

How big was the Hohokam irrigation system in Arizona?

Irrigating up to 110,000 acres by AD 1300, the Hohokam irrigation systems supported the largest population in the prehistoric Southwest. Mural in the Arizona Museum of Natural History of the Rowley Site, near Park of the Canals in Mesa, c. 1200-1450, by Ann and Jerry Schutte.

What kind of culture are the Hohokam Indians?

The Hohokam are typically considered to be a southwestern Native American culture. Yet they clearly have very strong ties to the cultures of Mesoamerica, especially Mexico. Hohokam platform mounds are similar to mounds built and used in Mexico by such groups as the Toltec, Aztec and Maya.

How are Hohokam platform mounds similar to ballcourts?

Hohokam platform mounds are similar to mounds built and used in Mexico by such groups as the Toltec, Aztec and Maya. Ballcourts, while architecturally different from those to the south are also a clear cultural connection with the ideology of Mesoamerica.