Angel N. Ocañas
11 October 2010
The Cheyenne Civilization
A land undiscovered to the world, so rich with its natural beauty that many have settled in parts around it. One of which was the Cheyenne Tribe (TSE-TSEHESE-STAESTSE), during the mid 17th century. The Cheyenne were nomadic, roaming about from place to place frequently, or without a certain destination, and they traveled around the Americas.
The Cheyenne were said to have started in the Great Plains region. It was said that they were driven westward by a Sioux Tribe. They traveled to what is now northern Minnesota and settled near the Great Lakes. Again they traveled where the settled in the Dakotas. Until finally, ending up in Southeast Montana on a reservation of their own after the separation of the north and south Cheyenne.
“Nomadic living caused the civilization not to establish cities.” This was taken from an article on www.bigorrin.org. The split of the North & the South did not improve the chances of them making a well functioning city. So as the Northern Cheyenne stayed on the reservation in Montana, the Southern Cheyenne then traveled down south to the Arkansas River, where they became allies with the Arapahoes tribe and settled with them. The Reservation was the closes thing they ever had to a city of their own.
Now the government wasn’t so big and fancy, it was basically 44 men who sat and discussed decisions need to be made. This was the Council of 44, which consisted of 4 chiefs from each of the ten Cheyenne bands plus four “Old Man” chief who had previously served on the council. The council believed in overall peace which also affected how they based their decisions. With their sense of keeping the peace, they had to unanimously agree before making any decisions or taking any actions. As the times went on, the government made its mark on the Cheyenne as they still use the Council of 44, on their current reservations, except they are now elected...
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