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Shield - Carried, not to ward off spears and arrows, the shield provided spiritual protection. On the cover were painted birds, animals and symbols which protected the warrior. A shield adorned with eagle feathers was believed to give its owner the swiftness and courage of the bird.
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Housing Sioux lived in teepees because they followed the buffalo and they needed to pack up and move quickly. An entire teepee village could be set up or taken down in an hour! A teepee has tall wooden poles and is covered with tough buffalo hides.phouse.gif Sioux_tipi.gif
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The Sioux Indians were hunters and gathers. They hunted buffalo and deer.
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The Sioux were gathers of turnips, potatoes, wild berries, fruit and nuts.

Horses: The Sioux rode horses for hunting and traveling. sioux-indians0.gif imagesCA4JHAIF.jpg 1224795556_3159_full.jpg Sioux-Chief.jpg
Boats: When the Sioux ran into a river or stream they made a boat with buffalo hides, called buffalo or bull boats.
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Travois: A travois was used to move goods, such as a teepee. The travois was built of buffalo skin spread over two long poles and pulled by horses. Before horses were introduced to the Sioux, they used dogs to make the travois.

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Sun Dance - performed once a year to ask the great spirits to bring the Sioux lots of buffalo.

Buffalo Dance


Dream catchers
Dream catchers were made of of twigs, sinew, and feathers that was woven by the grandfathers and grandmothers for newborn children and hung above the cradleboard to give the infants peaceful, beautiful dreams. The night air is filled with dreams. Good dreams are clear and know the way to the dreamer, descending through the feathers. The slightest movement of the feathers indicated the passage of yet another beautiful dream. Bad dreams, however, are confused and confusing. They cannot find their way through the web and are trapped there until the sun rises and evaporates them like the morning dew.
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Songs and Poems

ABC Sioux Book
Brainstorm Sioux words for each letter of the alphabet. Then encourage each child to select one word to illustrate.
A arrow
B breechcloth, buffalo, buffalo boats, bow
C cradleboards
D deer, dream catchers, drum
E eagle
F feather, flag
H hunters, horses, headress, horn rattles
J joyful celebrations
K "kindergarten" natives
M moccasins
P Plains, pudding, Pow Wow
Q quiver
S Sioux, shields, spears
T teepee, travois,
U useful fire
V village
Z "Z-z-z-z" time to sleep

I'm a Sioux Indian
(to the tune "I'm a Little Teapot")
I'm a Sioux Indian on the go. (hold up two fingers on head like feathers)
Here is my arrow. (pull arrow from back)
Here is my bow.(put arrow in bow and pull)
When I go out hunting, hear me shout, (put hands up to mouth to shout)
You'd better watch out!

All About the Sioux
Keep the steady beat as you say each line. Beat the floor as if it is a drum.
What did the Sioux wear?
What did the Sioux wear?
Sioux wore... breechcloths and moccasins.
Sioux wore... breechcloths and moccasins.
Sioux wore... breechcloths and moccasins.
That's what the Sioux wore.

What did the Sioux make?
What did the Sioux make?
Sioux made... buffalo boats.
Sioux made... buffalo boats.
Sioux made... buffalo boats.
That's what the Sioux made.

What did the Sioux shake?
What did the Sioux shake?
Sioux shook... horn rattles?
Sioux shook... horn rattles?
Sioux shook... horn rattles?
That's what the Sioux shook.

Where did the Sioux live?
Where did the Sioux live?
Sioux lived... in teepees.
Sioux lived... in teepees.
Sioux lived... in teepees.
That's where the Sioux lived.

What did the Sioux hunt?
What did the Sioux hunt?
What did the Sioux hunt?
Sioux hunted... buffalo.
Sioux hunted... buffalo.
Sioux hunted... buffalo.
That's what the Sioux hunted.

Chets Creek 5th Grade Projects
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Sioux: Chets Creek Pow Wow

Chets Creek Sioux Cardboard People

Chets Creek Sioux Family Night Tepees

Sioux at Chets Creek Pow Wow
  • 2008 blog includes slide show and video of the day of Pow Wow


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