Tipis are the traditional home of Plains Indians, but in other regions of the Western Hemisphere Native people lived in many kinds of dwellings, such as hogans, wigwams, longhouses, or igloos. Today over 70 percent of Native Americans live in urban or suburban areas.
Native Americans used a wide variety of homes, the most well-known ones are: Longhouses, Wigwams, Tipis, Chickees, Adobe Houses, Igloos, Grass Houses and Wattle and Daub houses.
The Indian reservation system established tracts of land called reservations for Native Americans to live on as white settlers took over their land.
The Plains Indians lived in tipis because they were easily disassembled and allowed the nomadic life of following game.
List of unrecognized groups claiming to be American Indian tribes
Many people believe that American Indians go to college for free, but they do not. AIEF – the American Indian Education Fund – is a PWNA program that annually funds 200 to 250 scholarships, as well as college grants, laptops and other supplies for Indian students.
To explain the poverty of the reservations, people usually point to alcoholism, corruption or school-dropout rates, not to mention the long distances to jobs and the dusty undeveloped land that doesn’t seem good for growing much. The vast majority of land on reservations is held communally.
The men Indians never help put up the tepees. They were the hunters and warriors. Six people would usually sleep in one tepee. The tepee had a fire resistant lining from the buffalo skins and smoke flaps that allowed smoke to escape.
The Plains Indians who did travel constantly to find food hunted large animals such as bison (buffalo), deer and elk. They also gathered wild fruits, vegetables and grains on the prairie. They lived in tipis, and used horses for hunting, fighting and carrying their goods when they moved.
The most important Native American crops have generally included corn, beans, squash, pumpkins, sunflowers, wild rice, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, peanuts, avocados, papayas, potatoes and cacao. Native American food and cuisine is recognized by its use of indigenous domesticated and wild food ingredients.
Today, there are about 1,500 Mohicans, with roughly half of them living on a reservation in northeastern Wisconsin. The link between the modern inhabitants of the town of Bethlehem and the descendents of its ancient people was made through physical objects.
Navajos are advised not to watch snakes eat, mate or shed their skin because it could affect their physical and mental health. The Navajo Nation Zoo in the tribal capital of Window Rock has exhibited snakes for decades. But manager David Mikesic said the reptiles housed in its Discovery Center have been unpopular.