Native Americans and the wheel....June 6 2012 at 1:57 AM
Kate (Login kateothelamp)
Response to Did they not all come from the same place?
...or lack thereof.
Terrain -- not suited to the wheel, no roads. Better suited to canoe, snowshoes, toboggan, sledge, and travois.
No suitable draft animals -- bison are not easy to domesticate to pull carts. Horses came later.
No need -- in Europe, Africa, and Asia, the wheel was utilized to build monuments and for agriculture -- neither were part of the nomadic Plains Indian culture. In South America, the Incas did train llamas to pull simple carts, and wheeled toys have been found.