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Zaina Fairey Research Prezi - SW Indians

Ever wonder about native american tribes? Well, now you can stop wondering about the amazing Ute Indians. After reading this article, who'll know everything you want to know about them and much, much more!

Mary Dicciani

on 14 May 2013

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Transcript of Zaina Fairey Research Prezi - SW Indians

BY: Zaina Fairey Great Basin: A Hard Life Introduction Conclusion The Great Basin. No, it’s not a giant sink. It is a region of Native Americans and- believe it or not-is shaped like a sink (or basin) right in the center of America. It is home to an amazing tribe of Indians called the Ute. The southern and mountain Ute tribes are different in some ways, but similar in others. The Ute’s have different food sources depending on where, exactly they lived, but other resources are similar. The Ute’s mostly wore the same clothing as their fellow tribe members. The Ute tribe is living proof where you live determines how you live. One tribe, two very different life styles. This fascinating tribe had many different resources. From trees to rabbits, they had it all. One of the most important resources of the Utes had to be the horses. After the Spanish gave them the horses, Utes could live in larger bands under a more powerful leader. But when out searching for food, they realized other tribes had more horses and could easily win the battle over the food. So in turn, the Utes became more aggressive and raided other tribes, towns, and villages for food and supplies. Besides abusing their use of horses, the fish from Lake Utah was plentiful. They also had many skins, bones, stones, and wood for tool building and other things. Resources Men and women had different roles. Men were warriors and hunters, in charge of feeding and protecting their families. Women mostly did cooking, child care, cleaning, and made clothing and household tools. Only men could be chiefs of the small bands inside the tribe. But both genders could tell stories, make artwork, make music, and make medicines. This tribe let women do a lot. Roles Of Men & Women Roles Of Children See? The Ute Indians are very interesting people and have and exciting history and culture. Because they live in such a big area, it really depends where you live in this region to determine what you eat or what you do. Some Utes have a big river to fish from, while others have to go out into the wild and hunt depending on where they live. This amazing tribe is a great example of how where you live determines how you live. The Ute’s location and climate is very different throughout the region. They lived in many states including Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Nevada, and Wyoming. Some lived in dry, desert like areas. Others lived near lakes. Others Utes (specifically the mountain Ute tribe) lived on mountain ranges. The temperature was warm in many places since some lived in deserts. The size of this tribe was by far the biggest of the Great Basin tribes. Location/Climate All the Ute Indians needed food to survive. This tribe was made up of hunter/gatherer people. Some Utes lived near rivers and could fish. Other Utes could hunt for large game like deer, elk, and buffalo. Women gathered things like roots, pine nuts, seeds, and fruits. This American Indian tribe also enjoyed eating insects such as crickets. Did you know, the Ute Indians thought it was gross that the Spanish ate eggs while the Spanish thought it was gross that the Utes ate bugs? Think about it. People all over the world eat insects but we don’t here in America! It all depends on where you live. Food Sources Men and women wore different clothing. Ute women wore deerskin dresses. Ute men wore buckskin shirts and breechcloths with leather leggings. Some Ute Indians wore buckskin moccasins while others wore sandals made of fiber. These clothes were very much less complicated than all of our shoes and sneakers and boots and heels now. It was probably easier because of where they lived. Clothing The Ute were occasionally interactive with other tribes. Some of the tribes they befriended were the Navajo, Comanche, and Pueblo tribes. Although they’re supposed to be “friends” with each other, these four tribes were often at war with one another, too. The Ute Indians were kind towards the Europeans, but surprised them with kindness one month and war the next. Although kind, this tribe was known to be warlike in battle. Interaction The Ute children did most of the same things we do today (minus all the electronics). All kids enjoyed an exciting game called footraces. There was a special game for females (young and old) only, called shinny. The children went to school and came home and did chores just like we do. Life as a child wasn’t all fun and games for this tribe. I guess it just depends on where and how you live. An important part of the Utes religion was the bear dance. The origin of the bear dance was about what happened when two brothers were out hunting. One brother saw a bear standing upright towards a tree and appeared to be dancing and grunting while clawing the tree. One brother decided to stay and watch the bear while the other brother hunted. The bear taught the young man to do the dance and how to sing the song that went along with it. The bear dance is believed to release people’s tension. I think that if this tribe lived somewhere else, they would have a different culture and religion and wouldn’t have the need for this supposed tension reliving bear dance. The Bear Dance
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