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    • The Plains Indians
    • Who were the Plains Indians?
      • Skilled artists
      • Farmers
      • agriculture the main source of food
      • Warrior society
      • Well-organized religion
      • Each tribe had a unique language
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    • Spanish bring the horse
      • Used for hunting and transportation
      • Able to follow the buffalo
      • Buffalo
      • grocery store for the Plains Indians
      • able to migrate with the herds
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    • Ceremonies
      • The Sun Dance was the most spectacular and important religious ceremony of the Plains Indians
      • Each tribe has its own distinct rituals and methods of performing the dance, but many of the ceremonies have features in common, including dancing , singing , praying , drumming, the experience of visions , fasting , and in some cases piercing of the chest or back.
      • The dance involves fixed gazing at the sun while dancing, blowing of eagle bone whistles, fasting, and sometimes, self-torture.
      • It shows that there is no true end to life, but a cycle of symbolic and true deaths and rebirths. All of nature is intertwined and dependent on one another. This gives an equal ground to everything on the Earth.
    • Roles of Women
      • Supervised life in the home
        • Gathered food
        • Prepared meals
        • Made tepees
        • Cared for children
        • Taught the traditions on their people
            • Oral tradition
    • Roles of Men
      • Protected family and village
      • Hunted for family
      • Taught hunting skills to boys
      • Supervised spiritual life of family
      • Military leadership
    • Waged war to
      • Defend territory
      • Protect people
      • Extend territory
      • Gain horses
      • Prove bravery