The Cheyenne were very religious and ceremonial people. They performed an elaborate sundance, smoked peace pipes, built houses specifically for ceremonies and recognized both special hats and arrows as being sacred. The practice of counting coup was used by the Cheyenne Indians.
Many Cheyenne children like to go hunting and fishing with their fathers. In the past, Indian boys and girls had more chores and less time to play in their daily lives, just like colonial children. But they did have dolls, toys, and games to play. Here is a picture of a hoop game enjoyed by Cheyenne kids.
The earliest known written historical record of the Cheyenne comes from the mid-17th century, when a group of Cheyenne visited the French Fort Crevecoeur, near present-day Peoria, Illinois. The Cheyenne at this time lived between the Mississippi River and Mille Lacs Lake.
Cheyenne, North American Plains Indians who spoke an Algonquian language and inhabited the regions around the Platte and Arkansas rivers during the 19th century. Before 1700 the Cheyenne lived in what is now central Minnesota, where they farmed, hunted, gathered wild rice, and made pottery.
The Northern Cheyenne Nation is located in present-day southeastern Montana and is approximately 444,000 acres in size. The Northern Cheyenne Nation has approximately 11,266 enrolled tribal members with about 5,000 residing on their lands in Montana.
Meaning of Cheyenne Cheyenne means “red speakers” or “strangerly speaking” in Sioux. Deriving from the French word “chien”, Cheyenne means “dog” or “dog owner”.
Apparentely there are no words for Hello or Goodbye in the Cheyenne language. They say hello with a gesture as if they were calming you down (and goodbye in English;-).
The religion and beliefs of the Cheyenne tribe was based on Animism that encompassed the spiritual or religious idea that the universe and all natural objects animals, plants, trees, rivers, mountains rocks etc have souls or spirits. The Great Plains tribes such as the Cheyenne believed in Manitou, the Great Spirit.
The Cheyenne call themselves the Tsitsistas which means “Like Hearted People.” The name ” Cheyenne ” likely comes from a Sioux Indian word that means “people of a different language.” They fought in the famous Battle of Little Big Horn with the Arapaho and Lakota against George Custer and the U.S. Army.
During the 1800s, the Cheyenne laid their dead to rest in the trees. In the absence of a suitable tree, mourners constructed a scaffolding with four wooden posts staked into the ground. A wood platform for the body was then laid across the posts, resulting in a structure, typically 8 to 10 feet high.
The Cheyenne tribe hunted lots of animals such as: deer, sometimes fish, and lots and lots of buffalo. To hunt the buffalo the women drove them towards the men who then shot them with their bows. To hunt the fish they easily went fishing in the closest river or pond.
Native American: A name given to a tribe of the Algonquians by the Sioux, Cheyenne is derived from a word meaning unintelligible speakers, but a truer meaning might be strangers or foreigners.
The Cheyenne language (Tsėhésenėstsestȯtse), is the Native American language spoken by the Cheyenne people, predominantly in present-day Montana and Oklahoma, in the United States. It is part of the Algonquian language family. Like all other Algonquian languages, it has complex agglutinative morphology.
Today, there are over five million Native Americans in the United States, 78 % of whom live outside reservations: California, Arizona and Oklahoma have the largest populations of Native Americans in the United States.
Lakota (also Lakhota, Teton, Teton Sioux) is a Siouan language spoken by the Lakota people of the Sioux tribes.] ” Aho ” means “yes, I agree”,”‘I understand’, or ‘I acknowledge”. It is used in prayers in somewhat the same way that “amen” is used (“amen” means “i agree”), but it is not used exclusively in prayers.