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09/08/2019

I’m 13, and I need some help with my History assignment. Please help, thank you.?

QUESTION
I’m 13, and I need some help with my History assignment. Please help, thank you.?
So I am in Year 8 at school (British curriculum) and I’m looking for some ideas on how to build up my essay. I’m not asking anybody to write the essay for me, as that would be both unfair on me and yourself. I would highly appreciate it if you people were to kindly help me in this situation. My essay is titled ”Women were as important as men in the life of the camp.” This is about the Sioux tribe (Native Americans), The questions we’d have to answer within the essay (in this order) are:
1)What were the roles of men in the camp? How important were these roles?
2)How did women make the tepees?
3)How did women ensure a well balanced diet?
4)What other things might the women make from the buffalo hide?
5)How did women gain a high status through their skills?
6) List all the other jobs women performed in the Sioux tribe?

Thank you very much. I appreciate it, highly.
Take care, and goodbye.
x

ANSWER
First of all, gender roles in the Lakotah (Sioux) were somewhat flexible. Women could become warriors or hunters if they had the skills and desire. The Lakotah were also matrilineal, descent traced through the maternal line and husbands becoming a member of the wife’s band.

1) Men were generally hunters, scouts or warriors. They provided meat, loot and captives to the band.

2) Tepees were of two types. Summer were of a single layer of sewn hides over a frame with a smoke flap at the top. Winter tepees were a double layer with grass stuffed between as insulation. The smoke flaps were adjustable to keep wind from blowing smoke back into the shelter. Food was stored high in the structure to be preserved by the smoke.

3) Women generally prepared all the food and also raised or gathered most of the vegetable portion of the diet.

4) Shelter and clothing were the main things. Cordage was made by braiding strips of hide. Cooking of soups and stews was done in hide sacs filled with water and heated by dropping in hot stones. Records were kept by painting symbols on prepared hides.

5) High craftsmanship was honored. High quality goods could be used for trade. Not only women were craftspeople, many men were highly skilled in handicrafts also.

6) Many women were highly skilled as healers and religious leaders. All elders were honored equally regardless of gender. Some women were honored as political leaders, even as warriors.