What never surprises me is how non-NDNs especially those in far away lands tend to see us living in teepees, riding painted ponies and bedecked in all the colorful beaded, feathery finery of the plains Indians. I’ll admit during the brief amount of time they contested white expansion, the plains Indians were quite the peacocks. But while they engaged in small scale warfare with each other, or some wayward Spanish/Mexican patrols, missionaries, or treasure hunters, It was the woodland tribes which long contested European and American expansion allowing the colorful plains tribes time to master the horse and enjoy themselves while east of the Mississippi others fought for over three hundred years. From the 16th century to the late 18th century woodland Indians fought hard against a few of the European super powers and from 1776 until the 1830s what were left of us battled the Americans.
Perhaps it was because of the hard fighting woodland tribes, the plains Indians are better remembered for not only their few decades of warfare with the pony soldiers, but also looking their best while doing so.
"the plains Indians . . . engaged in small scale warfare with each other" -pellethie
The warning cries go up before the sun even peers above the Plains. . . The invaders have come to kill . . . The attack was brutal, thorough and devastating. No one would live on the site again. . . Eventually some of the villagers return to bury the nearly 500 victims in a mass grave - the worst atrocity in the history of what will one day be the state of South Dakota . . . The place is Crow Creek, along the Missouri River. The year is circa A.D. 1325. . . A fortification ditch, 1,250 feet long and once seven to eight feet deep, lies outside that wall on the side not guarded by cliff faces. Today, even after nearly 700 years, the ditch is still deep enough to get a pickup truck stuck in. ..... links to the full story www.capjournal.com/news/massacre-at-crow-creek/article_304dd9b6-a2be-11e4-ae96-b77144aae9d9.html