Great Plains Native Americans Spider Map
Updated: 11/23/2020
Great Plains Native Americans Spider Map
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Great Plains Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous Peoples of the Plains

Teacher Guide by Liane Hicks

The Great Plains and Canadian Prairies region is an extremely large region that stretches from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains and from Texas two thousand miles north through Canada. The region is mostly a flat and treeless grassland, and is temperate with warm summers and cold winters. One of the animals found in the plains is the bison, which is considered a sacred animal and very important to the peoples of the plains and greatly influenced the development of the rich culture and customs.


California Intermountain Indigenous Peoples

It's All About Geography

by Liane Hicks

The beginning of all human societies and the development of their communities, traditions, technologies, and cultures were influenced by the environment in which they lived.




Indigenous Peoples of the Plains

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Create a storyboard illustrating the culture and environment of the Great Plains cultural region!

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  • LOCATION
  • ENVIRONMENT
  • NATURAL RESOURCES
  • FIRST NATIONS OF THE PLAINS
  • The Great Plains and Canadian Prairies region is an extremely large region that stretches from the Mississippi River to the Rocky Mountains from Texas through Canada.
  • The Plains region has cold winters and hot summers. It is mostly a flat and treeless grassland with grazing herds of animals.
  • Animals such as pronghorn antelope, deer, bear, wolves, and bison provided meat for food, hides for clothing and homes, and bones for beads. Grasses and wild plants were also gathered such as the prairie turnip and chokecherry.
  • HOMES
  • The First Nations of the Great Plains and Canadian Prairies include Comanche, Pawnee, Omaha, the Sioux: Dakota, Lakota, and Nakota (Assiniboine), Cheyenne, Siksika, Ojibwe
  • TRADITIONS
  • NATIVE AMERICANS OF THE PLAINS
  • CLOTHING AND OTHER ARTIFACTS
  • Tipis were constructed of long poles laid in a tall cone and covered with animal hides. They could be very large but were easy to transport for traveling. The outside was decorated with painted scenes of daily life.
  • Powwow: important religious ceremony featuring dances that honor and give thanks to the CreatorWinter Count: a calendar made by painting pictographs on bison hide.
  • Bison hides made blankets, clothing, shoes, belts, bags, quivers, dolls, and shields. Shields were painted with symbols meant to protect the bearer from harm and were decorated with fur and feathers.
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