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1. Name 2 parts of the buffalo used for religious reasons.

  • Painted skull used for rituals, horns made into head-dresses
  • Meat used as sacrifice, ground hooves used to paint pictures during rituals
  • Painted hooves used for prayer, hide made into religious robes
  • Stretched hide formed drums, and bones were used as drumsticks
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2. Name 3 parts of the buffalo used for clothing.

  • Mittens made of buffalo fur, meat used for head-dresses, leggings made from horns.
  • Head-dresses made by horns, tanned hide made leggings etc., fur made mittens.
  • String made of tendons, moccasins made from hair, mittens made from tanned hide.
  • Head-dresses made by tanned hide, shoes made by hooves, tendons used for string etc.

3. What were 3 of the 5 main challenges faced by Plains Indians?

  • Extinct food source, high speed winds and no weapons.
  • Lack of wind, no food and the low temperatures
  • High speed winds, extremes in temperature and the need to move frequently.
  • High temperatures, lack of shelter and rough terrain

4. Name 3 parts of the buffalo used for items in the home.

  • Spoons made from the horns, soap made from fat, hooves crafted into tools.
  • Tanned hide for tipi covers, hooves for toys, tendons made into rugs
  • Dung was used as fuel, bones were made into pencils, horns made cups
  • Cutlery made from horns, bedsheets made from tanned hide, fireplaces made from bones

5. What were the 2 methods of buffalo hunting?

  • Shooting the Buffalo, Following the Buffalo
  • Approaching the Buffalo, Shooting the Buffalo
  • Approaching the Buffalo, Running the Buffalo
  • Shooting the Buffalo, Trapping the Buffalo


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