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The Great Plains

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BC: Citations: | Durst. "Plains Indians." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 27 Dec. 2004. Web. 14 Jan. 2013. Fixico, Donald. "Interview: Native Americans." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2013. Indian Trading "PLAINS INDIAN CULTURE." PLAINS INDIAN CULTURE. N.p., n.d. Web. 15 Jan. 2013. | Trimble, Donald E. "NDSU Libraries Home." Library RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Jan. 2013.

FC: Great Plains Indians | Brittany Summey, Seth Costner Stephanie Bizjak Hope Huggins

1: Which Native American groups existed in your region of the country? | Fully nomadic: Blackfoot, Cheyenne, Plains Apache Indigenous: Omaha, Ponca, Wichita | Blackfoot Indians | Ohama Scouts

2: How did they interact with each other? | “The Plains Indians raided each other [and] the Spanish colonies.” They obviously didn't get along very well. They either fought with each other or traded with them. (Great Plains Indians: "Warfare")

3: Indians Trading

4: Do any major land formations exist in your region? What are they? Rocky Mountains, the huge cinder cone of Capulin Mountain, The Spanish Peaks formed by hot magma, Black Hills, the Central Texas Uplift, and the Raton section. (Trimble, "The Geologic Story of the Great Plains") | Rocky Mountains, 2010

5: How might they have affected the daily lives of Native Americans? The Great Plains were full of mountains and volcanic areas. This could have troubled the tribes living in the Great Plains due to the fact that they had to walk a great ways to find water or food. If the water or food were on the other side of mountains, the tribes would have had to walk a good distance just to feed everyone. | Spanish Peaks 2008

6: Did this environment influence the Natives’ beliefs or customs? Religion? Legends? | The natural surroundings of Native Americans in the Great Plains influenced their religious views, as well as customs and beliefs. Clark Wissler, the early Plains anthropologist, noted that culture “approaches geographical boundaries with its hat in its hand.” The Native Americans have a unique relationship with nature which adds to their mystical or spiritual thoughts and beliefs (The Great Plains).

7: The Sun Dance was a dance that people did. They danced around a certain object for four days in order to worship it.

8: Plain Indian Hunting Buffalo 1830 | What kinds of natural resources are available in your region? For what were they used? The western part of The Great Plains have very fertile soil. It is a mix between woodlands and grasslands which are great for animal grazing. The most important resources was the buffalo which gave them food, clothing or material to build houses ("Plains Indian Culture"). They used the trees and buffalo skin to build portable houses like tepees. They had to have houses that could follow the buffalo. Trade was important because there was a lot of game animals including buffalo, antelope and smaller game (fixico).

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