Traditional Shawnee clothing included skirts and leggings for women, and breechcloths and leggings for men. In cold weather both men and women wore ponchos, but shirts were not a requirement. Shoes were moccasins, and they sometimes wore headbands with a feather but they did not wear headdresses.
The Native American women generally wore skirts and leggings. Often they wore shirts or tunics as well. In some tribes, like the Cherokee and the Apache, the women wore longer buckskin dresses.
The word Shawnee comes from the Algonquian word ‘shawun’ which means southerner. Other interpretations of the word suggest it might mean “those who have silver”. The Iroquois called them the Ontoagannha, which meant People of Unintelligible Speech according to Allan Eckert in his book “That Dark and Bloody River.”
The Shawnees didn’t live in tepees. They lived in small round dwellings called wikkums, or wigwams. Here are some images of an Indian wigwam like the ones Shawnee people used.
Religion – The Shawnee. Like many indian tribes, the Shawnee worshipped the Great Spirit. The Great Spirit had two deities under it. The one referred to as “Grandmother” was in charge of indian affairs.
Today, most members of the three federally recognized tribes of the Shawnee nation reside in Oklahoma.
The Blackfoot wore clothing made from deerskin. Men wore breechcloths, leggings, and shirts. Women wore long dresses. In the winter, they kept warm with thick robes made from bison hides.
Anasazi Clothing Female Anasazi wove blankets, robes, kilts, shirts, aprons, belts (etc.). They wove the clothes by animal hair and human hair. They also wove thick robes for winter. Anasazi footwear included sandals, moccasins, and possibly snowshoes for winter.
All First Nations across the country, with the exception of the Pacific Coast, made their clothing—usually tunics, leggings and moccasins —of tanned animal skin. Woodland and northern First Nations used moose, deer or caribou skin.
Shawnee Words ko’tha-father. neegah-mother (nikya-my mother) Nikitakwelemele- I love you. neahw/niyaawe- thank you. hatito-Hello. thétha(?)-brother. Neeme Waapa Nepi Kweewa(?)- my beautiful perfect wife.
The Shawnee tribe originated in the Tennessee region around the Cumberland River but they migrated to many other parts of America. The Shawnee Home Tribal Territories were Tennessee, South Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.
Shawnee as a girl’s name is of Native American origin means “southern people”. It is the name of the tribe that came from the eastern American forests and migrated westward. There is a town in Kansas named Shawnee Mission.
Shawnee, an Algonquian -speaking North American Indian people who lived in the central Ohio River valley. Closely related in language and culture to the Fox, Kickapoo, and Sauk, the Shawnee were also influenced by a long association with the Seneca and Delaware.
The Shawnee made their clothing, and most of it was made from animal skins or fur. Shawnee women wore skirts with leggings to keep warm and the men mostly wore leggings. Shirts were not usually worn in the Shawnee culture. Both men and women wore ponchos in the cooler weather.