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The Dakota Sioux Indians of the Great Plains By: Safia Abdalla
Greetings! I am Duta Keya (Red Turtle), a young girl from the Dakota tribe of the Great Plains. I live in a tepee with my family: my mother, father, and four brothers. What's that you say you would like to find out more. Well come along then. Begin the Tour
I am from the Dakota Sioux tribe of the Great Plains. My people have lived on the land that we call Dakota for a long time. I am a Winyan and it is my responsibility to grow up and take care of my family. Everyday I get up early in the morning, and pray to the Gods of the Wi and Hanwi. But enough about me what would you like to learn about? The Dakota Sioux Lifestyle The Dakota Sioux Homes The Dakota Sioux Food The Dakota Sioux Religion The Dakota Sioux Peoples' Roles The Dakota Sioux Dress
The Dakota Lifestyle To understand the Dakota lifestyle, you must know who the Dakota Sioux are first. There are many groups of the Sioux tribes. We have different dialects so some of us call each other Lakota or Dakota or Nakota. But we are all part of the same culture, we just have different dialects. To see more click on the picture to the right.......
My people depend greatly on buffalo. We follow the buffalo everywhere. The white men call us nomads because we do this. Father says that this means that they believe we move around with our food source. But the buffalo are not only our food source but they are also our source of shelter and clothing. But we also depend on plants for food. To know which plant grows when we have created a system of months. To learn more click here What My People Do
The men in my tribe can gain wealth and power only if they are excellent hunters. My father is the brother of the chief, but he is a terrible hunter. When the chief isn't aware people male fun of my mother. However, my father is an excellent stone worker he can make very good strong and durable bow and arrows.
Every summer by Uncle, the Chief, and several other men go to the summer council to decide on important events and to participate in the Sun Dance.
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Each village has a council consisting of a chief and all the adult men of the village as members of the council. These village counsels made tribal councils. A tribal council usually consists of 3-5 villages. Each tribal council has one chief.
The Seven Fires Council has the top position of government that governs all of the Sioux Nation. The Council is made of seven tribal chiefs. In all these situations women have no say to participate in government.
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My people live in the states that the White Men call Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota. My people live in large cone-shaped buildings called tepees. Tepees have a wooden frame on the inside and are covered
with buffalo hide. Tepees ate especially useful to my people because we migrate a lot and we need to have homes that we can quickly take up and put down. In fact, tepees are so easy to move that when the people of my village need to move we can pack in less than an hour.
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The men of my tribe must act as the protectors and the providers of the tribe. A man is responsible if his family is attacked or hurt. Men are also responsible for passing down the ways of hunting to the boys of the tribe.
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Women, like my mother, are responsible for the home. They must cook and provide clothing for the children, men, and for themselves Women are also very skilled artisans and can make wonderful things with their hands.
The people of my tribe mostly eat meat. Most of the meat consists of buffalo, but we also eat elk and deer. We cook our meat inside pits over fire. Whatever that is not eaten is hung up to dry in the sun to be eaten later. Sometimes we also dry it and pound it .
until it is ground and can be eaten. We also eat fruits and berries. Some of these include cherries, potatoes, corn, and different kinds of fruits. My favorite treat would have to be jerky. It's dried buffalo meat and it is delicious.
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Everyone is always interested about how my people dress. Our clothing customs are very traditional. Women usually wear dresses that reach the knees and leggings that reach the ankles. Our dresses and hair are decorated with fur or feathers. We usually wear bead necklaces. They usually were their hair into two or four braids.
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The men of the tribe usually wear pants made from buffalo, elk, or deer skin. They decorate their pants with different kinds of dyes. Beaded clothing are only used for special occasions, like festivals.
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My people believe that the universe is not understandable. Things like time, death, and life are mysterious to us. We call these things Wakan. Humans were formed in the womb of Mother Earth. Everyone has their own spirit but we all
share a common spirit that connects us together. The dances and ceremonies we hold are held in order to calm the anger of the wakan powers or spirits.
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