Why did many white Americans at first regard the Great Plains as the ‘Great American Desert’?
The extreme climate, sparse rainfall and hard ground was thought unsuitable for agriculture
How were the Plains Indians able to live on the Great
Buffalo, provided meat, textiles, building
What were the beliefs of the Plains Indians?
All things have spirit
Humans are a part of nature, not masters of it
Everything is connected, in a circle
Did all Plains Indians have the same beliefs and the
same way of life?
Some had nomadic origins (sioux), Some were farmers (Mandans), some used to be farmers (Cheyenne)
The nature of the Great Plains
Attitudes of the Plains Indians
towards the ‘Great American Desert’
Beliefs and way of life of different Plains Indian tribes
religious beliefs medicine men attitudes towards the land shelter and hunting the role of women family life political organisation warfare