Native Americans in Olden Times of the Great Plains of the United States for Kids and Teachers Illustration

Native Americans in Olden Times of the Great Plains of the United States for Kids

What was life like in what is now the Great Plains region of the United States? There were many different Plains people. Some wandered the plains in search of foods. Others settled down and grew crops. They spoke different languages. Tribes communicated with hand signals, smoke signals, mirror signals, and pictographs. Why was the buffalo so important? What different did horses make? Why did the Plains people prefer teepees to houses? Why were names so important? What did coyote do to earn the name Clever Coyote?  Welcome to the Plains People in Olden Times.

Pictographs, Smoke Signals, Mirrors

Teepees (Tepees, Tipis)

Coup Counting

The Horse

Food & Agriculture

Buffalo

Names were important

Arts & Clothing

Star Quilts

Daily Life

Government

Marriage

Kids

Religion

Warriors

Clever Coyote PowerPoint (Donn)

Tribes

Blackfoot

Cheyenne

Comanche

Pawnee

Sioux Nation

Shoshone (Lewis and Clark PBS)

Other Principal Tribes

Additional Resources

Baskets

Games

Stories

Holidays

Canoes

Homes

Religion

Tribes

Daily Life

Comparison Chart

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