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The Native Americans: The People of the Great Plains (Part I & Part II) (1994) Part I (“All Our Relations’) Nature of Plains Culture The plains people of North America were nomadic bow hunters that went where the buffalo went. Riding on horses, plains people hunted for food, clothing and shelter but never for sport. They held a strong belief that everything possessed a spirit and as such must be respected. Additionally, they believed in the presence of evil spirits that were to blame for bad occurrences in the community such as disease death and famine. Spirituality in the planes people is evident in the existence of medicine men that were knowledgeable on matter evil spirit and were consulted in the event of disasters. They were charged with the conducting of religious ceremonies for example dancing to get rid of this evil spirit. Connection between Language and Understanding Culture The plain tribes lacked a written language but they kept track of events through painting pictures on buffalo hides each representing their way of life. By understanding of these pictures, it would be possible to identify who these people were and where they came from. Through these
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