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The Great Basin Indians

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S: MichAEL Kollataz, Edgar Martinez, Lucero Tellez

BC: Michael Kollatz Edgar Martinez Lucero Tellez

FC: A Journey Into The Daily LIfe of the Great Basin Indians | The Great Basin Native American Tribe

1: In the 1700's Native Americans depended on the land to live. The Great Basin covers what is present day western United States. The Great Basin Indians adapted to desert life. The area had many lakes. The tribes in that area did well. They were able to get everything they needed from the land.

2: Social Structure Families thought it was easier to find enough food if they worked together. Women made meals & clothing. Bands joined together to make larger groups called tribes. Family groups made bands. The men hunted food, built homes, made the tools.

4: Homes Great Basin Indians didn't had permanent homes. People moved to find food. Some built wickiups. Bark or grass made these round homes. They added bark to make the walls thicker. In winter, icy winds blew across the region.

6: The rough land was not good to farm on. Washoe fished for salmon and trout. Nuts could be eaten alone or ground to make flour. They also dried extra meat for winter. The men would hunt and fish for food.

8: Women wore soft tree bark into skirts. The Great Basin made their clothes from these materials. In winter people wore parts of animals. Men wore breechcloths made from plants. A cape of rabbits skin was used for blankets.

10: People from Great Basin traded with people from the Southwest and Great Plains. The women from the Great Basin traded baskets for food. The Great Basin hunters also traded meat and animal skins. They received knives, tools, blankets and clothing from other tribes.

12: The Great Basin Indians did not have much time for fun. When the children did have free time they would play kill the bone. Some games were also used to prepare the boys for war.

14: The Great Basin Indians had many celebrations. The Round dance celebrated the Pinon Harvest. Tribes used pipes in many ceremonies. Some of the pipes were made from green stone. Other pipes were made out of wood. A lot of tribes held the Bear Dance in early spring.

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