In the past, Shawnee kids had more chores and less time to play, just like early colonial children. But Shawnee children did have dolls, toys and games, like miniature bows and arrows and hand-held ball games.
The Cherokee Indians refer to stickball games as “the little brother of war.” Children played most of the same games as adults. In addition, they enjoyed races, tug-of-war, hide and seek, and blind man’s bluff types of games.
The Shawnee Tribe are also referred to as the Loyal Shawnee because they fought for the Union in the American Civil War. When the war was over they returned to Kansas to discover that their land had been taken over by settlers and homesteaders. One of the last Shawnee to resist leaving his homeland was Black Bob.
The Shawnee were farming people. Shawnee women planted and harvested corn and squash. Shawnee men hunted in the forest for deer, turkeys, and small game and went fishing in the rivers and lakes. Shawnee Indian food included soup, cornbread, and stews.
The men from the tribe would go out on hunts to get large game like deer, moose, caribou, elk, buffalo, and bear as well as small game like rabbits, beaver, and muskrat. They would also hunt turkey, ducks and other fowl. Tribes that lived along the coasts or near large bodies of water would specialize in fishing.
Handgame, also known as stickgame, is a Native American guessing game, in which marked “bones” are concealed in the hands of one team while another team guesses their location.
Many Ute children like to go hunting and fishing with their fathers. In the past, Indian kids 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. Ute kids also enjoyed footraces, and girls and women played a ball game called shinny.
The Shawnee Tribe is a federally recognized sovereign nation with about 3,200 tribal citizens as of 2020. Shawnee citizens reside not only in Oklahoma, but also live and work throughout the world.
The Shawnee people lived by their own tribal rules and ignored all outside influences. They were a mainly a peaceful people who tended to avoid confrontation unless threatened. They had a strong leader called Tecumseh, who even today holds influence with the Shawnee people.
They were known to be fierce warriors and to occupy much of the Ohio river valley. They were involved in every major war that took place in the Americas up until the War of 1812. Their names show up during the French and Indian Wars, American Revolution, and they were well-known by pioneers such as Daniel Boone.
Today, the Shawnee are comprised of three federally recognized American Indian tribes—the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, located near Shawnee, Oklahoma; Eastern Shawnee Tribe, located near Wyandotte, Oklahoma; and the Shawnee Tribe, located in Miami, Oklahoma.
During the summer the Shawnee lived in bark-covered houses. Their large villages were located near the fields in which women cultivated corn (maize) and other vegetables. The primary male occupation was hunting. In winter village residents dispersed to family hunting camps.
simple form, and two or three tone scales has probably been with the Shawnee since their early days. This style is comparable to some of the most primitive music in the world and is widespread among Indian tribes in songs with just these particular functions, and not in other songs.
The ring or target is thrown into the air, and the player attempts to spear it with the stick or “ pin” at the other end of the cord. See Suggestions (in the “Make it Better” step) for information about different materials used in different Nations.