Lewis and cark
Welcome to anthropology 101. You’re local newscast of the life long ago. Today we are going back in time to a wonderful time before the light bulb but sadly after the dinosaurs. Yes, that’s right the Lewis and Clark expedition. But that’s not all guess what ladies and gentlemen our tech producers just informed me that he fixed the time machine. Now we can really go and talk to them.
Right now we are observing the Lakota Sioux tribe. Lewis and Clark have allowed us to join them while they observe the native people. I’m not aware of this tribe, so I’ve ask Lewis to fill me in on what we’ve missed. So I’ve been asking all of these questions. Here’s what I’ve found out.
The Lakota are the public image of a Native American. Most of the tribes associated most strongly with the Great Plains did not originally live there, and migrated from other areas. Migration was hastened by white settlement in the east, which produced a domino effect of westward movement by Native Americans. The horse was probably a factor in the adaptation of American Indian tribes to a truly semi-nomadic, plains lifestyle, and away from their farming village roots. The Lakota did not farm at all by the early 1800s, and depended entirely on consuming the bounty of the land, hunting and gathering all they needed for their existence.
The Sioux people are comprised of three separate tribes who share a similar language. The Lakota, which have seven bands: the sicanqu (Brule), ogala, Hunkpapa, Minneconjou, silasapa (Blackfeet), Oohenumpa (two kettles), itazipo (sans arc). There’s the nakota, they have two bands: Yankton, and Yanktonais. Then the last is the Dakota, which have 4 bands: Mdewakanton, Wahpekute, Wahpeton, and Sisseton.
The Lakota have a calendar somewhat like the calendars back in our time. Except they start with April: moon of the birth calves, May: the moon of strawberries. Then there’s June: moon of ripe juneberries, July: cherry ripening moon. There’s August: moon of...