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Unformatted text preview: AMERICAN CIVILIZATION UNITED STATES HISTORY 170 Rhett S. James Marcio Carvalheiro History 170 Chapter 16 October 27, 2008 The Conquest of the Far West 1. Science and Technology The most widespread Indian groups in the West were the Plains Indians. They were, in fact, made up of many different tribal and language groups. Some lived more or less sedentary lives as farmers. But many of the Plains tribes subsisted largely through hunting buffalo. Riding small but powerful horses, the tribes moved through the grasslands following the herds. When a band halted, it constructed tepees as temporary dwellings. The buffalo, or bison, provided the economic basis for the Plains Indians’ way of life. The flesh of the large animal was their principal source of food, and its skin supplied materials for clothing, shoes, tepees, blankets, robes, and utensils. “Buffalo chips”, dried manure provided fuel; buffalo bones and utensils....
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