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S: Plains Indians

BC: The End

FC: Plains Indians Created by Maggie,RJ,Connor, Liliana,Tom and Zachary

1: Men Clothing Men wore very different clothing than today. The men wore breechcloth, moccasins, leggings,long fringes and shirts of deer or antelope. The feather on the headdress meant bravery. Men used eagle feathers and shells on their clothing. Warriors painted their bodies and horses before going to war. Men wore a lot of interesting clothing! | Women Clothing The women made their own clothing. Women wore skin dresses. When it's a cold season the women were loose, long sleeved dresses. Women were thankful for their clothing. | Women Making Clothes Women made interesting clothing. Women sewed together porcupine quills and made beads out of clay, while the men hunted deer and antelope and brought back fur. The women sewed mostly tan hide on clothes. The women's everyday clothes were made out of elk and deer skin. Women decorated the clothes with beads and porcupine quills. Women worked hard making quills!

2: If hunters were not careful,they could be hurt.Before they had horses they hunted buffalo on foot. Hunting buffalo was a hard event.You had to be very careful when hunting buffalo.

3: They had to be brave when hunting buffalo. They hunted buffalo with spears.They thought it was a holy animal so they prayed before killing it.Toy tepees,Warrior shirts and bone knives where made from buffalo.Nothing was wasted.

4: Earth lodges The Plains group lived in earth lodges. The Plains had to go on top of their house to get into their house because there wasn't a door. If they didn't, an enemy could have gotten inside. The earth lodges were very large houses. They were made of grass and sticks. The grass would help them blend into their environment so their enemies wouldn't find them.

5: Tepees The Plains Indians also livid in tepees. The tepees were made out of sticks. They put a big stick through the tepee so it would stand up on it's own. They put a hole in the top of the tepee because some of the people smoke. The reason there is a hole is because the smoke has to escape.

6: The Sioux believed in many spirits like rock spirits, cloud spirits, sky spirits and earth spirits that controlled things. They also believed the spirits of the north, south, east, and west. When girls or boys are sleeping they may have visions in their sleep. They also believed the sun had great powers. They thought that the Great Spirit sent them buffalo. They believed that if a man died, he would live with the spirits and do what they did on earth. To worship, they sang songs and left gifts to spirits. TheSioux put their tepees in circles because they thought that round things had powers, too They also believed in tree spirits. Wow, the Sioux believed in a lot of things!

7: Here is some information on ceremonies the Sioux did. One ceremony boys did was they left them for 4 days and didn't eat or drink. They just prayed for 4 days and 4 nights. Girls did a similar thing. The girls had someone with her. She was gone for 4 nights but she could eat a little and had to work hard to get back. When the girl got back she would put new clothes on and celebrate. Wow, boys and girls had really weird ceremonies!

8: The Plains indians wore different clothes than we do today. The Sioux women wore long deerkskin or elkskin dresses. The boys wore nothing until age 10. They had headdresses for males. The males also wore deerskin skirts and leggings. The Sioux people were thankful for their clothes.

9: Painting was a very important part of the Sioux people. The Plains made buffalo hide paintings on most of their pottery. They made their paint from brightly colored berries, fruits, clay, and juices. The Sioux people had face paint like we do today. Painting was a very creative thing for the Sioux people. | The Plains indians culture is a very important part of their history. The Sioux people lived in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North and South Dakota. They didn't write down their language-they made little figures on raw hide. After dinner they told stories about thunderbirds. The Sioux males had to pierce their ears. Instead of using needles they used buffalo horns to sew their clothes.

10: They have many tools to cook with. They used cups, spoons and forks made from horns. The knives got the meat out of buffalo skin. The paintbrushes are to wipe the blood so they don't get a bad taste. The fire is an important part because you have to heat up the food.

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