Did you Know? List of Interesting Facts about Sioux Indians
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Sioux tribe and tepee
Interesting Facts about Sioux Indians are as follows:
- Fact 1 - The Sioux tribe were the indigenous people of the states of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and North and South Dakota. There was also significant Sioux presence in the states of Iowa, Nebraska, Montana, Illinois, and in south-central Canada.
- Fact 2 - The Sioux were the largest Indian tribe also referred to as the Lakota or Dakota Sioux. Men were in charge of hunting for food and protecting the camp and the women were in charge of the home
- Fact 3 - Homes and Houses: Tepees and Earthen houses also called earth lodges, hogans and pit houses. Tepees (also spelled Teepees or Tipis) are tent-like American Indian houses used by Plains tribes
- Fact 4 - A tepee is constructed from wooden poles and animal skins such as buffalo hides and designed to be quickly set and quickly dismantled - a village could be ready to move in an hour
- Fact 5 - The names of a famous Sioux leaders were Red Cloud, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse
- Fact 6 - Clothes and Clothing - Clothes were generally made from the skins of animals which were sewn together from the thread made from the sinews of deer.
- Fact 7 - Clothing for men: Men wore breechcloths which were made from a long rectangular piece of animal skin or cloth which was worn between the legs and tucked over a belt, so that the flaps of the breechcloth covered the front and behind. The legs were bare.
- Fact 8 - Clothing: Men also wore fringed buckskin tunics which were often decorated with beads and buffalo hide cloaks during harsh weather
- Fact 9 - Clothing: Leggings were worn by both men and women to cover the bare legs and were sometimes decorated with a fringe
- Fact 10 - Clothing for women: Women wore long buckskin dresses (the skin of a male deer) which were decorated with beads
- Fact 11 - Shoes and footwear: Moccasins were made of soft leather or deerskin and sewn together with deer sinew. Moccasins were a soft slip on shoe, or slipper, consist of a sole and sides made of one piece of leather, stitched together at the top and were a light beige color.
- Fact 12 - Sioux cut their hair when they were in mourning
- Fact 13 - Feather War Bonnets: They also wore beaded, feathered war bonnets. The war bonnet, with its long trailer of feathers was a symbol of honor and accomplishment among Plains tribes such as the Araphaho, Sioux, Crow, Blackfoot, Cheyenne, and Plains Cree. War bonnets consisted of a cap or band decorated with eagle feathers, ermine fur and beadwork. There were 3 types of feathered war bonnets
- a trailing bonnet with feathers trailing to the floor (worn by the Sioux)
- a straight-up feather headdress
- a halo war bonnet in which the feathers fanned out around the face and shoulders
- Fact 14 - Men wore their hair in three braids with a topknot
- Fact 15 - Hair: Women wore their hair in two, thick braids
- Fact 16 - Jewelry: Women wore beaded necklaces
- Fact 17 - Face paint / War Paint: Men wore bright face paint in times of war and also for religious ceremonies
Eastern Sioux - Dakota
- Fact 18 - Sioux weapons: Weapons included bows and arrows, war clubs, spears and knives. They also used shields made of buffalo hides
- Fact 19 - Enemies of the Sioux tribe included the Assiniboine, Ojibwe and Kiowa Indians
- Fact 20 - Before horses were introduced by the Europeans the Sioux used dogs to pull sleds called travois
- Fact 21 - Food: Men hunted buffalo and deer. Meat was supplemented by roots, berries and fruits
- Fact 22 - History: In 1866-68 Red Cloud led resistance along the Bozeman Trail (Red Cloud's War)
- Fact 23 - History: In 1876 the Sioux took part in the Battle of the Little Bighorn
- Fact 24 - History: In 1890 the Sioux were finally defeated at Battle of Little Bighorn
Yankton or the Western Dakota Sioux
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