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Native American Life on the Great Plains

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Women's Duties


Women who lived in Native American tribes on the Great Plains were responsible for performing domestic tasks, such as growing and preparing food, maintaining the home, and looking after children. Family earth lodges and teepees were usually owned by women of the tribe or a woman's family. Upon marriage, men moved in with the woman's family. In addition, all game hunted and killed by men became the property of women.

Fun Fact: Young girls often played house with miniature teepees that they made of decorated hide given to them as presents.

Photo source: Library of Congress

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