The original Plains Indians are so interesting that we have created a factional musical set in the period before the white man’s arrival in North America.

In those days, native American Indian tribes roamed the Great North America Plains. There were several tribes, such as the Cheyenne, Comanche, Plains Apache, and several more. However, our story is about the Lakota,  we checked the facts with their descendants before publishing.

The tribes hunted the American Bison, which gave them most of what they needed, food, cups, decorations, crafting tools, knives, and even clothing. They would follow the seasonal grazing and migration of the Bison. For this reason, they lived in “Tipis” as they were easily disassembled allowing them to follow the Bison with ease.

The Lakota roamed the middle area of the North American plains allowing them, by the mid-19th century, to become the dominant Plains tribe. They had relatively small horse herds, but as they occupied the heart of prime bison lands, they also controlled a highly profitable trade in furs.  They sold these to French and American traders for goods, such as guns, which allowed the Lakota to become the most powerful of the Plains tribes.

A typical year for the Lakota was a communal buffalo hunt in spring, then during June and July they would gather in large encampments, where they attended ceremonies such as the Sun Dance.

In the fall, they split into small bands to go hunting to prepare for the long winter. It was also the time when Lakota warriors took part in raids.  Later, when the winter snows arrived the Lakota settled in their winter camps, where they saw the winter through with a series of ceremonies and dances.

Your class can understand, enjoy and even imagine they are in the world of the Lakota Indians by simply clicking on https://www.educationalmusicals.co.uk/product/the-dream-catcher-download/  and downloading The Dream Catcher – The Plains Indians of North America. If we’re still under restrictions and your parents can’t watch live, you can video the musical and send it to them, giving your children the great excitement of making the video, while at the same time learning about the Plains Indians by default.

Let’s make history fun!

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