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Male Duties

In many tribes of Northern Plains Indians, the primary occupations of men included raiding and hunting---both difficult and dangerous tasks. In times of conflict, men went to war and a war chief, like the Hidatsa chief Lean Wolf pictured above, assumed leadership of the village.

Fun Fact: In addition to hunting, raiding, and fighting, men also spent time seeking spiritual knowledge.

Photo source: Library of Congress

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