By Ella E. Clark
The tales during this strange assortment come from the twelve tribes of Indians that, in ancient instances, have lived within the current states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. They comprise myths, legends, own narratives, and historic traditions preserved by means of hugely revered storytellers, and display a lot in regards to the lives and ideology of the early Indians.The sections of the e-book are prepared to symbolize Indians of six linguistic teams: Nez Perc?s; Flatheads, Kalispels (or Pend d’Oreilles), and Coeur d’Al?nes(Skitswish); Kutenais; Shoshonis and Bannocks; Arapahoes, Gros Ventres, and Blackfeet; and Crows and Assiniboines. even if awareness is targeted on Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, the authentic introductions to some of the sections conceal a larger—from the Cascade variety of western Washington and Oregon virtually to the Mississippi River. as the Sioux often got here into Montana and Wyoming to make conflict and to seek buffalo, in their panorama legends are included.These are the tales which was once advised round iciness fires for the leisure and guide of the Indian family members. The simplicity of favor characterizing the narrations is really reflective in their origins in oral literature.Mythology is expounded to historical past during this quantity, which belongs in any library or domestic the place guideline is meant to thrill.
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At least some of the Plateau tribes constructed, with great care, a large and permanent long house in each of the principal villages. It was the gathering place for all the band and the place for the winter dances and feasts. In the summer when bands moved to be near their food supplies, temporary lodges,often simply three-sided lean-toswere erected either on the surface of the ground or over slight excavations. After the buffalo hunts became annual affairs for entire families, skin tents only were used in traveling, and skins soon replaced mats for the winter lodges.
But hostilities broke out in 1877, after whites demanded the fertile Wallowa valley of northeastern Oregon and after the government, reversing a Presidential order of 1873, commanded young Chief Joseph and his band to give up their ancestral land there and move to the Lapwai Reservation in northern Idaho. They were ordered to move in May, when their horses and cattle, and even their people, were widely scattered, and when the Snake River, which they had to cross, was at its springtime high. "Let us wait till fall," asked Joseph.
On their shields the men painted sacred symbols to protect them from the arrows or bullets of the enemy. On the inner surface of their robes they depicted their experiences in horse raiding and in battle. On their tipi covers the men painted larger than life-size pictures of the animals and birds that had appeared to them in their dream-visions. Robert H. Lowie's admirable study, Indians of the Plains, contains many pictures of these decorated skins and hides. The chapter "Artists and Craftsmen" in John C.