American Indians of the Plateau and Plains (Native American by Kathleen Kuiper

By Kathleen Kuiper

Using horses has maybe such a lot dramatically formed the lifestyle for local American tribes within the Plateau and Plains areas of North the US, however the practices and traditions of either tradition parts date again to a time lengthy prior to Europeans ever touched American seashores, introducing their animals and customs to the continent’s indigenous peoples. This appealing quantity examines the historical past and cross-cultural interactions that got here to be linked to the peoples of the Plateau and the altering cost styles of the Plains peoples, in addition to the cultural, social, and non secular practices that experience outlined the most important tribes of every area.

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The first fish caught was ritually sliced, small pieces of it were distributed among the people and eaten, and the carcass was returned to the water accompanied by prayers and thanks. This ritual ensured that the salmon would return and have a good run the next year. Some Salish had 17 7 American Indians of the Plateau and Plains 7 a “salmon chief ” who organized the ritual. The Okanagan, Ntlakapamux, and Lillooet celebrated similar rites for the first berries rather than the first salmon. The winter or spirit dance was a ceremonial meeting at which participants personified their respective guardian spirits.

Native peoples also noted with consternation that disease seemed to follow the Euro-American missionaries and settlers. Conflict ensued, and by the 1850s the United States had begun to negotiate treaties with the resident tribes. For the most part these involved setting terms for regional development and delineating specific tracts of 20 7 Cultural Change Among the Plateau Indians 7 Prophet Dance and Ghost Dance The Plateau Indians of the early 19th century practiced a ritual during which the participants danced in order to hasten the return of the dead and the renewal of the world, particularly as it had been before European contact.

Nelson A. Miles. S. military lost 266. The tribe was then assigned to malarial country in Oklahoma rather than being returned to the Northwest as promised. Early 21st-century population estimates indicated approximately 6,500 individuals of Nez Percé descent. S. As with many other Sahaptin-speaking Plateau Indians, they were primarily salmon fishers before colonization. In the 21st century the Yakama continued to be involved in wildlife management and fisheries. The Yakama call themselves Waptailmim (“People of the Narrow River”).

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