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Kiowa Tribe

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Transcript of Kiowa Tribe

Kiowa Tribe History and Culture Befriending the Crows Video and Key Terms Key Terms to Know: The Tai-Me What is the Sun Dance? Crow Tribe Where do Kiowas live? The Kiowas are original people of Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Kiowa Tribe was forced to move to a reservation in Oklahoma in the 1800's. Most are still living here today. The Kiowa Nation has its own government, laws, police, and services, just like a small country. However, the Kiowas are also US citizens and must obey American law.

In the past, each Kiowa band was led by a chief, who was usually a respected warrior chosen by a tribal council. Today, the Kiowa tribe is governed by council members who are elected by all the tribal members. While ranging on the headwaters of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers, the Kiowa befriended the Crow and enjoyed a long and impressionable association with them. The long relationship with the Crow initiated the annual Sun Dance. The Sun Dance became the most important tribal ceremony practiced by the "Coming-Out People."

Social as well as religious, it was a yearly homecoming for the normally scattered bands that ranged for their daily subsistence, and relentlessly sought pasture for their increasing horse herds.

It was a time of re-union, sharing of news, healing, and self-renewal. The Tai-me, a small decorated stone figure covered with ermine and feathers, was the most sacred object the tribe possessed and it played an important part in the Sun Dance.

The Kiowa received the the first tai-me figure from an Arapaho man who married into the Kiwoa tribe.. The Arapaho originally obtained a tai-me figure from the Crow Indians during their Sun Dance. He later made copies of the Crow Tai-me and brought it to the Kiowa people. 1.Legend- a non historical or unverifiable story handed down by tradition from earlier times and popularly accepted as historical.


2. Reservation-a tract of public land set apart for a special purpose, as for the use of an Indian tribe. 3. Oral Story Telling-the act of speaking to tell a story while the audience listens.



4. Ethnocentrism-the belief in the inherent superiority of one's own ethnic group or culture.
A tendency to view alien groups or cultures from the perspective of one's own. Answer the following question:

How does a place influence a person, family, and culture?
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