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Native American Life on the Great Plains

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Hunting Buffalo

The buffalo, as pictured above, was the main source of livelihood for Native Americans living on the Great Plains, supplying almost everything they needed to survive, including food, clothing, housing, and tools. Hunting parties were chosen and planned by a respected hunter. For an individual male and his clan, prowess in both battle and hunt led to status in the village. Native Americans respected and honored the buffalo, praising its spirit before every hunt with a ritual dance.

Fun Fact: Native Americans considered the buffalo's tongue to be the best part of the meat.

Next: Ceremonial Dance


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