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Inhabited the interior of the United States, called the Great Plains. Characterized by dry, flat,Grasslands.
The Lakota weren't the only people living in the Great Plains. There were Cheyenne, Arapaho,Blackfeet, Comanche, and Pawnee as well. All had many things in common, but one of the biggest waste importance of the buffalo.The Plains Indians depended on these shaggy beasts for almost everything. Buffalo meat could be dried and made into jerky, which kept for long periods of time without spoiling. Buffalo hides were used to make clothing, shields, and tepee sides. Sinew, the part that connects bone to muscle, and the muscle itself were used to make bowstrings, and sewingthread. Bones were used to make tools as well runners for dog sleds for winter travel oversnow. Horns were turned into cups, bowls,and spoons. No part went to waste.
Millions of buffalo roamed the dry grasslands of the Great Plains, and life for the Lakota people was a never-ending adventure.
THE HUNT IS ON! Hunting was the heart of Lakota life. Buffalo, elk, and antelope meant survival. How do you capture a huge buffalo? One way the Lakota did it was by surrounding a herd and then frightening the animals so they would stampede over the edges of cliffs where other hunters waited at the bottom to kill the stunned beasts.The Lakota were also fantastic bowmen and could unleash dozens of arrows in a minute or two. With buffalo plentiful year-round,hunger was rarely a problem.
In early spring, many Lakota Indians moved closer to river sand streams fed by snow melt. They trapped fish in newly flowing streams, and as the weather grew hot, they moved on to their summer camps. Here some groups moved into long, multi-family bark houses Women worked in the fields,planting, tending, and harvesting corn, while the men went off to hunt.In the fall some Lakota moved on to lakes, where wild rice grew, to pluck the useful grains. Women dug up bread root and starchy tubers such as the potato-like arrowroot, while the men fished and caught ducks and other fowl.As the bitter cold winters blew in, folks loaded up their Travis (trav-wah)—sturdy A-shaped sleds—and headed to small winter camps where the buffalo herds were large enough to sustain each small family. They stayed warm inside their cozy teepees until spring arrived once more.