sound business investments, including gaming, with a number of tribes operating casinos, and they are reviving traditional arts and crafts. When speaking of traditional Potawatomi culture, one usually compares them to their kinspeople, the Chippewa and the Ottawa. Like those tribes and other Algonquians of the Great Lakes, the Potawatomi hunted in the forests, fishes and gathered wild rice on the lakes, and grew corn and other crops in the fields. One of their bands, the Mascouten, aslo hunted buffalo on the prairies along the Mississippi valley. As for their religious customs, the Potawatomi were like other Great Lakes Algonquians in that they smoked tobacco in calumets (scared pipes) and participated in the Midewiwin Society, also known as the Grand Medicine Society, an exclusive club with elaborate rituals and important in religious and tribal
matters. In the 1880s, long after their displacement by non-Indians, the Potawatomi aslo helped develop the Big Drum Religion (also called the Drum Dance and Dream Dance), which some Native Americans still practice today. This is not a war dance, but one the good will, even toward outsiders. In this ritual, Indians sance for hours to the beat of a sacred drum, working themselves into reverie. To seal the spirit of fellowship, gifts are exchanged.
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