The great Plains
The white Americans believed it was uninhabitable enviroment because:
- grasslands- 'great American desert'
- hostile environment- Indian attacks
- enormous size
- lack of trees
- little water available
- extremely cold and violent winters
- ferocious winds
- Wild animals
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Native American Indians
The White Americans believed the American Indians were savages because:
- believed in spirits- they thought the land was sacred as it had their ancestor's bones buried in them. They used to do dances e.g. sundance
- They therefore did not farm as they had to plough the land. But the Americans thought the indians did no work and were lazy
- They married more than one wife (polygomy) because there were more women than men as many of them died in war.
- Nomadic lifestyle- they followed the buffalo as it was their primary source of food and it showed them were the water was
- Exposure- Weak and vunrable members of the tribe were left behind so they would not slow the tribe down.
- The bravest act of war was to score a ccoup (where a warrior tapped his enemy with a stick and escaped).
- Scalping- warriors removed the sccalp of the victim to stop them from going into the afterlife
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Native American Indian way of life
They lived in tipis because:
- shape protected it from Plains winds
- easy to move (nomadic lifestyle).
- warm in winter, cool in summer
- bones- bows and arrows
- skin for tipis
- insides for war paint
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Plain's Indian Religon
They believed in spirits
- Believed in visions
- boys had to go through ceremonies to become men- usually violent, e.g. sundance
- Medicine men could talk to spirits and ask them for help
- Ancestors bones were in the ground and could not dig it up
- Land did not belong to anyone exept spirits and couldnt be sold
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