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How Warlike Were The Sioux?

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GCSE Morality of War

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How Warlike Were The Sioux?

Like all of the plains Indians, the Sioux tribe needed to be skilled and equipped if they should go into war or battle. Individual warriors took part in warfare for many reasons e.g. stealing horses, claiming sacred land etc, so the Sioux can never be considered to be totally unwarlike.

The Sioux warriors were well armed. They fought with many weapons, all of which were made by themselves from any natural materials they could find. They used lances to fight with which were made to be 4 to 5 metres long and had a polished steel blade. They were often decorated with beadwork, buffalo fur and feathers. They also used shields, which were to protect the body, and these were made from the skin of the buffalo's neck hardened by steam, smoke and buffalo hoof glue. They were arrow proof and would be decorated with magical symbols such as powerful animals that would protect the warrior. Bows and arrows was the most frequently used weapon by the Sioux. The bow would be made of reinforced wood and the bowstring from twisted buffalo sinew. Up to 20 arrows could be carried in quills,

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