EARLY INDIAN LIFESTYLE
By Dallas Bogan
Reprinted with Permission from Dallas Bogan.
This week we shall go back in time and examine, to some extent, the life styles of the Native American. His place in the Americas should not be forgotten. His food source, lifestyles and habits are somewhat forerunners of our country 's culture.
Life in the Forest
The Indians felled trees before the introduction
of the iron tomahawk by fire. They built a fire against the trunk of
a standing tree and kept it burning until the tree fell. This method
was found still in use among the older men and those who did not own
a hatchet. Trees were felled both for firewood and for canoes. The canoes
had formerly been hollowed out of a whole tree trunk by burning.
The bow and arrow had fallen into disuse
with the tribes, which traded with the whites and were used only for
small game, such as the pigeon, fox and raccoon, in order to save powder.
There were still, however, whole tribes to the west and northwest that
used nothing but the bow and arrow and had no desire to obtain European
weapons; boys, however, were trained to shoot with the bow. The first
deer a boy shot proved an occasion of great importance.
Occasionally an elk would be shot in
the region as this lent to good meat. The buffalo is described as being
numerous in quantity, numbering in the hundreds.
In another place at their war feasts
they would sometimes kill a couple of dogs, not because dog's flesh
was a delicacy, for the Indian dogs were very lean, but because it was
thought to inspire them with the spirit of war and murder. Women at
these feasts would eat dog's flesh with a level of greediness
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