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Squash stayed close to the ground, and its broad leaves sheltered the other plants' roots from the harsh sun and helped prevent soil erosion. The technique also helped the soil because just as corn leeches nitrogen from the soil, beans fix new nitrogen into it. In terms of diet the plants must also go together. On their own, corn and beans are less nutritious than when combined in the same diet because each plant possesses amino acids that complement the acids of the other. When native peoples relied solely on corn, archaeologists have found that their teeth rotted rather quickly, their bones grew more slowly, and over time their societies diminished in size and vigor.
They lived in small groups of several hundred, but chiefs belonged to a ruling elite differentiated from commoners by their control of prestige goods such as shells, ornamental finery, and other goods the people held in high esteem. Their most important source of food was the acorns they collected in the fall. Women pounded them into meal and soaked the meal overnight in water to leech out the bitter tasting tannins before preparing it in breads and soups. Women also used stone mortars to grind seeds, and they dried seaweed for consumption.
D. new populations moved into the area and displaced the original inhabitants. From southern California came the forerunners of the people known as Shoshones and Paiutes. The two groups spoke Numic languages that belonged to the Uto-Aztecan family, a language group that originated in the Amerind populations of Mesoamerica. D. The Shoshones were hunters and gatherers who migrated into the region to take advantage of the environment. Plant foods contributed the bulk of their diets although antelope and big-horn sheep were important sources of protein.
Cronica de Los Reyes y Reinas Mayas by Nikolai Grube, Simon Martin