Plains indians

A project i made last year about the Plains Indians generally and their way of life.

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The Plains Indians didn't use scientific ideas to explain
the weather or the seasons. They noticed these changes
and thought of them as part of the Spirit world. The
plains Indians also thought that dreams were very
significant; they believed that their dreams gave them
knowledge and power over things to come.
Some Indians like the Lakota believed that everything
around them had a spirit that should be worshipped. They
also believed that everything was placed where it is so
that it could help and be helped by other spirits.
Plains Indians believed that there is
one great spirit that controls
everything they often did rituals to
help to please this spirit.
The medicine man or Shaman was
believed to be a holy man with great
power, knowledge and wisdom. The
Shaman was very important to the
tribe and he had many jobs to do,
Leading Rituals
Healing other members of the
Figuring out dreams
Foretelling the future
Trying to change the weather
Deciding when to hunt
And praying to the Great Spirit.
There were also medicine women although they weren't
thought to be as important as the Medicine men; they
used herbs to heal simple illnesses like fevers and colds.
The Plains Indians believed in a type of Pilgrimage called
a vision quest. A vision quest lasted from one to four
days and consisted of a young man going to a quiet or

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It was believed that the man
would receive a vision or a dream which would guide them
in troubled times or tell their futures. Once a young man
has had their vision or dream they would then return to
their camp. After they had returned they would have
been taken to the medicine man and their vision or
dream would have been interpreted.…read more

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Family life
Children were taught through stories and legends by
their elders or grandparents. The grandparents took
care of the children while their parents were busy with
everyday tasks. They were also taught how they could
become helpful members of the tribe. Little girls played
with toy tipis and deerskin dolls; little boys had small
bows and arrows and pretended to go on hunts.…read more

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The men of the tribe didn't have as many duties but
some of the men's jobs were:
That they fought in battles
And they made tools shields and weapons.
For five months of the year (November until March) the
plains Indians lived in one place this was called winter
camp. During this time they would live in very small
groups or bands, each band had a council had and a chief.…read more


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