The Plains Indians are also known as Native Americans, or the First Nations. They had been living all over the American continent for thousands of years before Christopher Columbus came to America in the fifteenth century, and had perfectly adapted their way of life to fit all climates - whether they inhabited grassland, desert, rainforest or mountain. They had everything sorted - places to live, sources of food, a complete system of religious beliefs, a political organization for their tribes, and even a system for going to war. In this section, we're going to learn about all these things, and consider how the differences between their way of life and that of the settlers brought the two groups into one of the bloodiest conflicts in American history.
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- The Geography of North America
- The nature of the plains
- The coming of the Plains Indians
- The different tribes, their movement and settlement
- The beliefs and way of life of the Plains Indians - both men and women
- The Plains Indians: their beliefs and way of life
- The nature of the Great Plains
- Attitudes towards the 'Great American Desert'
- The beliefs and way of life of different Plains Indians tribes, including religious beliefs, medicine men, attitudes towards the land, shelter and hunting, the role of women, family life, political organisation, warfare
- The geography of North America and the nature of the Great Plains
- the location of different tribes and their movement and settlement
- the lifestyle of the Plains Indians
- social organisation
- chiefs, councils, family life, the tepee, the importance of the buffalo and the horse, warriors
- The beliefs and way of life of the Plains Indians: the spirit world, interconnection and circles, sacred lands, visions, dances and ceremonies, the medicine man
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