A Way of Life Worth Fighting For

A Way of Life Worth Fighting For
Westward Expansion
Recipe for Disaster
The Battle of Little Bighorn
Battle of Little Bighorn: The Aftermath and Conclusions
Little Bighorn National Battle Field - Photo Album Page
Process Paper
Annotated Bibliography

Native American life on the Plains before westward expansion

"What strikes the stranger with most amazement is their immense numbers. I know a million is a great many, but I am confident we saw that number yesterday. Certainly, all we saw could not have stood on ten square miles of ground. Often, the country for miles on either hand seemed quite black with them."
An Overland Journey, from New York to San Francisco in the Summer of 1859
Horace Greeley, 1860
Buffalo (R.Long)

Large herds of buffalo roamed the plains

Before European settlers arrived, it is estimated that hundreds of thousands of Native Americans roamed the plains of the United States. The different tribes lived an independent, nomadic, way of life. The plains Indians were very mobile, following their biggest resource, the buffalo. The Plains Indians ate buffalo and used every part of the buffalo to make weapons, tools, clothing, and tepees. The Indians were very superstitious. They performed tribal rituals and dances having to do with nature, resources, and the way of life they enjoyed for so many years.



(R. Long)

According to tradition, this buffalo horn headdress was worn by warriors in battle. It was believed to have protective powers, warding off danger.

(Southwest Museum of the American Indian)

Plains Indians territory before 1800s

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An Arapaho camp

(R. Long)

Buffalo skin clothing
(Southwest Museum of the American Indian)

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