By David J. Wishart
Till the final centuries, the human landscapes of the good Plains have been formed completely via local americans, and because then the zone has persisted to be outlined through the long-lasting presence of its Indigenous peoples. The Encyclopedia of the nice Plains Indians deals a sweeping assessment, throughout time and area, of this tale in 123 entries drawn from the acclaimed Encyclopedia of the nice Plains, including 23 new entries concentrating on modern Plains Indians, and lots of new photographs. Here are the peoples, areas, procedures, and occasions that experience formed lives of the Indians of the nice Plains from the beginnings of human habitation to the present—not purely yesterday’s wars, treaties, and traditions but in addition today’s tribal faculties, casinos, and criminal battles. as well as entries on time-honored names from the prior like Sitting Bull and loopy Horse, new entries on modern figures comparable to American Indian stream non secular chief Leonard Crow puppy and activists Russell ability and Leonard Peltier are integrated within the quantity. Influential author Vine Deloria Sr., Crow drugs girl beautiful guard, Nakota blues-rock band Indigenous, and the Nebraska Indians baseball staff also are one of the entries during this accomplished account. a person eager to learn about Plains Indians, earlier and current, will locate this an authoritative and engaging resource.
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Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1964. ARIKARAS Long before European Americans entered the Great Plains, the Arikaras, who called themselves Sahnish, meaning “People,” separated from the Skiri Pawnees and moved northward to the Missouri River valley in present-day South Dakota. From that time on, they were associated more with the nearby Siouan-speaking Mandans and Hidatsas than with their fellow Caddoan-speaking Pawnees to the south. Like the Mandans and Hidatsas, the Arikaras centered their lives on the river, using its high bluffs for their earth lodge villages and the rich soil of the bottomlands for gardens of corn, beans, squash, sunﬂowers, and tobacco.
Quillwork was considered a sacred art that a woman had to have the right to do, or disaster would result. Cheyenne and Lakota women gained the right to do quillwork by becoming members of societies in which the art was taught. A woman who excelled in quillwork or other women’s arts was publicly honored in the same way as a successful warrior. The advent of glass beads and other new maA S S I M I L AT I O N P O L I C Y terials brought changes to the arts, but these were not as immediate or as far-reaching as one might think.
The damming of the Missouri River in 1954 caused most tribal members to be relocated. The Arikaras centered around the town of White Shield, near some of their most important cultural sites. S. census reported a total Arikara population of 1,583. Mary Jane Schneider University of North Dakota Meyer, Roy W. The Village Indians of the Upper Missouri: The Mandans, Hidatsas, and Arikaras. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1977. Parks, Douglas R. Traditional Narratives of the Arikara Indians. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1991.