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The Culture Of The Plains Indians

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malorie krumwiede

on 29 January 2013

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The Plains Indians Buffalo played a major part in the Plains Indians daily life.
They used nearly every piece of the animal for their own needs.

**They only killed for what they needed; never out of sport. ** They ate the buffalo meat, and
used the skin for clothing and shelter. Horns were used as spoons, cups, and toys.
Bones were used as tools, and weapons.
Tail was used as a fly brush or whip. Work Cited


"Plains Indians." Plains Indians. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2013

"North American Indians - Plains Culture Area." North American Indians - Plains Culture Area. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2013

"Plains Indian (people)." Encyclopedia Britannica Online. Encyclopedia Britannica, n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2013.

"Encyclopedia of TheGreat Plains." Encyclopedia of the Great Plains. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Jan. 2013. **Tepee: form of shelter made by leaning long poles together and covering them with buffalo hide.
-Easy to put up/take down. Portable. HUNTING BUFFALO

There were several ways to go about this.

**Ride into herd on horseback, shoot them down with bows and arrows.

**Chase buffalo off cliff while on horseback.

**Sneak up on them disguised in wolf skin, killing them with bows and arrows Gods
They believed in many gods.
**Medicine Men: men who had many
"visions" and were thought to be able
to cure diseases and see the future. **Powwow: celebration/prayer to the Great Spirit. **Sun Dance: took place in the summer. Lasted four days, without drinking or eating. Only dancing. **Ghost Dance: performed at night, when they believed they could speak to the gods and their ancestors. Also believed this would help them get their land back. They lived in the area from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from Canada to Mexico. ** Women; Tanned hides, gathered wild foods, cooked, made clothing, & took down tepee's during the frequent movements of the band or tribe. Women had different roles than men.
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