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GCSE History ­ American West Revision Notes
In the 1840s the Great Plains were sparsely inhabited by the Plains Indians. The
Indians depended upon huge herds of buffalo that roamed the grasslands. To the few
non-Indians who travelled across them, the Great Plains was seen as a useless desert.
By…

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GCSE History ­ American West Revision Notes
Religion ­ Spirits
· Believed in Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit. He created the world and everything that
lives.
· They believed all things had spirits and that spirits could influence their lives.
Religion ­ Land
· The Plains Indians came from the…

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Religion ­ Medicine Men
· A `medicine man' was an Indian man who people believed could cure illness by using
the spirits.
· All spirit power was considered `medicine'.
· People believed that they became ill if they possessed an evil spirits.
· Medicine men would try to drive out…

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GCSE History ­ American West Revision Notes
· Children ­ highly valued as they were the future of the band. They learned useful skills
from their parents and other relatives. Boys were taught to hunt whilst girls were taught
to maintain a home.
· Old people ­ important as they…

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that would later become the Oregon and California trails in the 1840s. In particular, the
South Pass ­ the only possible route through the Rockies ­ was first discovered by the
mountain men.
· Mountain men came from a variety of backgrounds, but all adopted Native American
survival skills.
These…

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GCSE History ­ American West Revision Notes
In the 1840s the Great Plains were sparsely inhabited by the Plains Indians. The
Indians depended upon huge herds of buffalo that roamed the grasslands. To the few
non-Indians who travelled across them, the Great Plains was seen as a useless desert.
By…

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GCSE History ­ American West Revision Notes
Religion ­ Spirits
· Believed in Wakan Tanka, the Great Spirit. He created the world and everything that
lives.
· They believed all things had spirits and that spirits could influence their lives.
Religion ­ Land
· The Plains Indians came from the…

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Religion ­ Medicine Men
· A `medicine man' was an Indian man who people believed could cure illness by using
the spirits.
· All spirit power was considered `medicine'.
· People believed that they became ill if they possessed an evil spirits.
· Medicine men would try to drive out…

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GCSE History ­ American West Revision Notes
· Children ­ highly valued as they were the future of the band. They learned useful skills
from their parents and other relatives. Boys were taught to hunt whilst girls were taught
to maintain a home.
· Old people ­ important as they…

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that would later become the Oregon and California trails in the 1840s. In particular, the
South Pass ­ the only possible route through the Rockies ­ was first discovered by the
mountain men.
· Mountain men came from a variety of backgrounds, but all adopted Native American
survival skills.
These…

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