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Without the buffalo, the Plain’s Indians whole way of life could not survive

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Murray Lippiatt Without the buffalo, the Plain's Indians whole way of life could not survive This statement is clearly true, dependence on the buffalo affected their food and shelter, family life, government and family. The Indians were nomadic because they had to follow the buffalo as it was their only means of food, shelter, weapons and ritual props. ...read more.


They could be moved easily and the circular shape they were set out in and made represented the great circle of nature. The Indians did not choose to use the buffalo for everything, the reason they did was that there was no alternative. The Indians sometimes thought that the buffalo were not going to come, so they did a "Buffalo Dance" to hopefully make the buffalo come to them. ...read more.


Children were taught not to cry at an early age because they would scare off herds of buffalo during the hunt. When the children got older they played hunting games and taught themselves how to use bows and arrows, spears, and any other weapons. Children did not go to school quite simply because there was no school and they were being taught life skills instead. Using the buffalo for everything necessary for life was called wakantanka. ...read more.

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