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"Discover the wealthy cultures of yankee Indians-- from pueblo dwellers to Inuit hunters"--Cover.

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Eaglefeather headdress Mandan and Hidatsa Model of a bullboat, a circular skincovered vessel F   and open prairies, hot summers and numbingly cold winters – the Mandan and Hidatsa learned to adapt to and exploit their homeland on the upper Missouri River in North Dakota. They built permanent earth-lodge villages on the high banks above the river and farmed the bottom lands. Half of their food came from crops such as corn, the rest from the vital summer buffalo hunt. To deal with winter cold, they built separate lodges along the river, where there was plenty of wood for fuel.

HOLDING A BABY A cradleboard left the mother’s hands free. If some accident caused a board to fall or tip over, the projecting top protected the baby’s head. Umbilical cord hidden inside Ute lizardshaped pendant Bottom of Paiute cradleboard made from twigs and a wooden crossbar over a wooden base GOODLUCK CHARM Sometimes personal ornaments had a purpose. The umbilical cord of a new-born child was often put in a beaded bag, which was hung on the cradleboard or worn like a locket to ward off bad luck.

For pounding the meat until it was nearly powder and for cracking the bones to boil out the fat, a large stone hammer was used. Pemmican was very nutritious and would keep for years. Canopy, made from half a tepee cover, provided privacy in the sleeping area A SIGN OF THE TINES Sacred shrine was located opposite the entrance at the rear of the lodge (c) 2011 Dorling Kindersley. All Rights Reserved. For weeding the fields of corn, the Hidatsa preferred rakes with deer antler tines (prongs). This was partly because they believed wooden rakes produced the worms that damaged the corn crop.

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