• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

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.

Middle

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.

Conclusion

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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE History Projects section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE History Projects essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Describe the way of life of the Lakota (Sioux) and Cheyenne Indians before the ...

    3 star(s)

    Indians lived it what is called a Teepee. This was the most suitable accommodation as they were always on the move and never in one place for a period of time due to the moving buffalo and changes in climate. They needed to be able to pack up their things and leave in a matter of minutes and with the Teepee they could do this.

  2. Why Did The Plains Indians Lose Control Of The Plains

    The money granted by the government was often given to those who were in less need of it, for example less money was spent on the Indians' reservations which would have enabled them to carry on living traditionally. Instead of this the money was spent on the encouraged development of the mining industry.

  1. Beliefs of the Plain Indians

    "They were also told in a dream what description of herbs or roots to gather as their medicine, and this they collect and put into a small bag as a charm. They also kill the animal they dreamed of and keep its skin as a charm.

  2. To What Extent is it right to call the Plains Indians Savages?

    However, it was part of the Plains Indians' philosophy to respect the balance of nature and only to take what they needed - when they caught a buffalo they would make use for every part of the carcass; not letting any go to waste, being resourceful and economical.

  1. From the evidence available, trace the development of the Jewellery Quarter in the ...

    The courts, in which the poor people lived, were very narrow, extremely dirty, not very well ventilated and badly drained, but this was usually only the case for the old courts. The courts varied in the number of houses they contained, with the numbers ranging from four to twenty, and

  2. Am I not a Man and a brother?

    Things happened all better than I thought when I was about forty of age, a new Anti-Slavery Society was formed in 1823 when Lizzie was freed. The Anti-Slavery members included Thomas Clarkson, Henry Brougham, William Wilberforce, Thomas Fowell Buxton, Elizabeth Heyrick, Mary Lloyd, Jane Smeal, Elizabeth Pease, and Anne Knight.

  1. There are many reasons why the Indians lost the struggle for the Great Plains. ...

    This usually led to military intervention by the army. Obviously this would create more bad feelings to white men from the Indians. The gold rush only lasted so long. However, soon people went west to actually settle on the plains. Encouraged by the government, with mass advertising and good deals, thousands of people emigrated to the West.

  2. The life and death of J.F.K

    Police Headquarters to Dallas County Jail, he was shot and killed by Jack Ruby, a local nightclub owner, when questioned later, Ruby claimed he was distraught over the presidents? death. An Italian Rifle was found on the sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository Building soon after the assassination of President Kennedy.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work