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Native American Life on the Great Plains

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Agriculture


Agriculture was the economic foundation for some Native American Plains people, such as the Hidatsa and Mandan tribes. Usually controlled by women and passed down through the women's family, the size of the family plot was determined by the number of women able to work the land. Traditional crops included corn, squash, pumpkin, beans, and sunflowers.

Fun Fact: Some sunflower plants can grow as tall as eight feet.

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