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Describe in your own words the importance of the buffalo in the lives of the Plains Indians and describe how the Indians caught and killed the buffalo

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Describe in your own words the importance of the buffalo in the lives of the Plains Indians and describe how the Indians caught and killed the buffalo The Great Plains were an entirely barren stretch of land in Central America, inhibited by 30 different Indian tribes. The buffalo were extremely important to the Plains Indians. They provided virtually everything to assist the Indians in their existence, and the Indians always tried their hardest to never waste any part of the animal. As the land of the Great Plains was so infertile it was very difficult to cultivate, and grow crops on, so the buffalo's main use was as a large source of food This obviously made the buffalo precious to the Indians. ...read more.

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Indians would locate the buffalo through either young braves who searched for them, or by connecting to the 'Great Spirit' through their tribal dances. They believed that when they performed their tribal dance, buffalo would eventually be delivered to them. These dances could last for weeks. Once the buffalo's were located, they had to then hunt them down. Up until the 16th Century, this was an operation that required a large amount of patience, skill and speed. Because their weapons were quite short, the Indians had to get up close to the buffalo. However, when the Spanish traveled over to America in the 16th century, they brought horses with them. Indians first obtained horses through trading, and then started breeding their own. ...read more.

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The meat off the buffalo would hung from a wooden frame to dry out. It could then be stored away. The skin of the buffalo would be stretched out with wooden pegs, scraped repeatedly to remove any unwanted flesh, and then made into clothing, equipment, and tipi covers. It would then be beautifully decorated with patterns, or pictures of animals and people. Through the many uses that the buffalo had for the Plains Indians, and the way in which they depended upon this animal to provide such a vast quantity of necessary equipment, shows that the buffalo was indeed a very important part of the Plains Indians way of life. If this animal were to die out, then the Indians would have followed, as it provided food, tools, weapons and clothing for all the tribes. Without the buffalo, their culture would have been destroyed. ...read more.

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