Writing Assignment # 1 Cultural Analysis
Sept 8th, 2014
A look back at Shawnee Indian Culture and Traditions.
In the 1700’s Many of the Shawnee Indians’ homeland is now present day Ohio, Oklahoma, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. They never really settled they spent a lot of their time traveling. They didn’t live in your traditional tepee that most Indians lived in, their homes were called “wigwams” or “wikkums”, and they were small round dwellings. Most of the wigwams were about 8-10 foot tall and made with a wooden frame covered in birch bark and wooven mats. Often times they only stayed in a certain place for about two months before they would migrate to a new area. The Shawnee Indian’s clothing changed some as they traded with other Indian tribes and white people. Clothing was still simple for them, women wore long skirts with leggings and moccasins while the men wore leggings are breechcloths usually down to their knees. As the weather changed and winter approached, they added fur caps, snowshoes, robes, and ponchos to their attire. Sometimes they would wear beaded head bands some would contain a feather or two. Most Shawnee wore their hair long, except for in battle they would cut it in a Mohawk. Some would do face painting and have tribal tattoos during battle as well. The hunters and warriors of the Shawnee Indian tribe both used the same types of weapons suck as bow and arrows, spears, and tomahawks. Most weapons were made from wood except the arrows, spears, and part of the tomahawk. These pieces were made from stone that had been hand carved, and bone. The bows were backed with animal tendons to help make them springier.
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