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How was the way of life of the Plains Indians suited to the Great Plains?

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How was the way of life of the Plains Indians suited to the Great Plains? The Plains Indians' lifestyle was well suited to the Great Plains for many reasons. The Sioux Indians lived in tipis. Tipis were made from ten to twenty buffalo skins sewn together and supported by a frame of wooden poles arranged in a circle. Buffalo skin was available because there were a lot of buffalo that lived in the Great Plains so this made buffalo skin very easy to get hold of. The Sioux Indians had to live in this kind of structure because they needed something that could be transported easily, easily taken down, easy to put up and suitable for all weather conditions. ...read more.


In winter a fire would have been made in the centre of the tipi for heat and cooking. The smoke would be let out of the flaps at the top of the tipi. This made the tipi very suitable for life in the Great Plains. Old people had an important part to play in the life of the band. They would give important advice in council and pass on the history of the people. They also helped to bring up the children to be decent individuals. When the Plains Indians moved location sometimes the old members of the band would have to be left behind. ...read more.


The horses were proof of his love for her. When they got married the man would go to live with their wife's family. Most men would normally have one wife but it was seen as acceptable to have more than one wife. This was called polygamy. Polygamy made sense because there would sometimes be more women than men so it was a caring thing to do because it meant that no women would be left unsupported. It was also seen of as a waste of possible children if a woman was not used for having children because children were seen as the future of the band. This shows that the Plains Indian's way of life was suited to the Great Plains. ...read more.

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