Culture Regions Lab (Kuby 2)

AP Human Geography
HGIA Chapter 2 – Culture Regions
Draw your original boundary of the American Southwest.
You will work through the thematic maps. Click to turn a layer on and off.
Answer the following for each map layer.
a. What is a chile?
b. What portion of the map is the range of coyotes?
c. What is the acronym for the geographer’s map?
d. What is the geographic center of the contiguous states?
e. What amount of permit money defines the map of grazing?
f. What percentage makes a county Hispanic?
g. Who created the Nine Nations map that includes MexAmerica?
h. Who created the missions?
i. How many features does a state need to have to be included in National Parks?
J. What percentage makes a county Native American?
k. What is the only non-Texas school in the old Southwest Conference?
l. Who were the Nortenos?
m. What does the Park Service call this region?
n. What is a saguaro?
o. What percentage make an area part of the sunshine region?
p. Who are the Three People?
q. What is being measured using the vernacular term “southwest”?
r. Which two watersheds are shown?
3. Now, turn all the layers. Which state is the core state (it is almost completely shaded)?
Which three maps do you think best define the American Southwest? Why?
5. Turn on the three layers you identified in question 4. How closely do they agree, and how does
this show the presence, of lack, of a cultural domain?
How does this map compare to your original sketch?
What other element that is not already a layer could you use to define the American
Southwest? Explain your choice.
8. Which of the maps do you think best defines Texas? Why?
Texas is a very diverse state culturally. What is one element of culture in Texas that is nonnative (originated outside the United States, and may have come here many years ago)? Is this
element an example of syncretism? Why or why not?
10. Texas is also a place where cultural homogenization is occurring. List one positive and one
negative of cultural homogenization.