The Plains Indians - Beliefs

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Who was Waken Tanka?
The Great Spirit who the Plains Indians believed created and ruled over the world.
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What was so special about Waken Tanka?
He was a white buffalo.
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What did the Indians believe everything natural (e.g. animals, plants, stars) have, and why was it important?
Spirits. They were important because they influenced the way the Plains Indians lived their lives on the Plains.
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Why were circles so important to the Plains Indians?
Everything in nature happens in circles, from the solar system, to the life cycle of a human.
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Which hills were particularly special to the Plains Indians?
The Black Hills of Dakota.
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Where did the Medicine Man go to seek help if there was an important decision to be made in the tribe?
Somewhere high up, usually on the top of hills.
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Why did the Indians believe land could not be bought, sold or owned?
They believed that when you die, your body is returned to the Earth, so we are all part of the Earth.
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Name the to ways Indians believed you could contact spirits?
Through visions and dances.
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Why was the Sun Dance important to the Indians?
They believed that by torturing themselves, they would have visions that could help the tribe.
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Why was the medicine man so important?
He could interpret visions and dreams, and also contact spirits.
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Name two other things medicine men could do.
Advise the chiefs on when to go to war and cure the sick.
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Why did the Indians often suffer from fevers and rheumatism?
They were constantly exposed to all weathers.
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What did the Indians believe caused illness and accidents?
Evil spirits.
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How did the Indians believe medicine men cured the ill?
They used the power that streamed through the universe to cure people.
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What was so special about Waken Tanka?

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He was a white buffalo.

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Why were circles so important to the Plains Indians?

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