By Aydan Corkern
A long time ago, there were a lot of Indians. They lived in the western days when they had tribes. The Indians would dance around a fire and pray to the spirit for a good hunt or a good crop season or anything they wanted to pray for. They believed in the spirits so much that they relied on them for everything.
They believed that they would turn into animal spirits when they die. For example, they could turn into an eagle, bear, wolf, etc. They also believed that their ancestors and their family that had died will come back and help them.
Dancing around a fire was to call in spirits. They prayed to have a good hunt for buffalo, deer, and also to have fun or to celebrate a wedding. They would sit around the fire every night to eat after they had cleaned the hides of their kills. Some Indians were peaceful, and some were not. They just wanted to kill anything or anyone in the area that was not supposed to be on their land.
They had story time when they told stories to the tribe for fun or to warn them about the trouble that was coming their way or of the past. They used smoke from the fire to help them along and to tell them other things. Sometimes, it was like their form of comedy, and they all laughed at what they were doing. They had a heat tint that helped relax their mind before and after a war.
They had meetings around the fire that only was for the chief and the other leaders in the tribe. But the one for a war was only for the men of the tribe. No women were allowed in the tent whether they wanted to be or not because it was forbidden. They only that women had to do was clean the food, take care of the young and the hurt warriors.
They would also clean up after them. Women had no say on what went on. The women built the fires, and then they would cook the food that was just caught for the tribe to eat. All sick Indians were put in a tent that was full of smoke and heat with fire to help them heal. It was their medicine. The night before the war, they put on paint, and they danced around the fire in a group and prayed for them to be victorious and to keep them alive. None of them, however, were afraid to die.
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