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Native American Warfare in the East: Mourning Wars Sources Eve of Contact. Like Europeans, the eastern woodland Indians of North America engaged in near-constant fighting during the centuries prior to first contact.
Native American warfare differed dramatically from European hostilities, however, in terms of its roots, aims, and nature. Old World wars of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries such as the Spanish Reconquista or the Hapsburg-Valois Wars were costly, large-scale affairs that had religious or dynastic origins, produced comparatively high casualties, and were fought to achieve territorial or economic gains.
The indigenous peoples living throughout the eastern half of North Americain contrast, engaged in low-intensity, low-casualty conflicts known as blood feuds or mourning wars. Through these wars tribes such as the Mahican, Cofitachequi, Susquehannock, Petun, Oneida, and Micmac retaliated for the deaths of relatives and clan members by taking captives or killing Indians from rival bands.
Such an approach to war, not surprisingly, rarely resulted in large, bloody battles or in decisive defeats. Indians fought these wars for several reasons. First, blood feuds were a way for Native Americans to avenge the deaths of kin or tribesmen murdered by other Indians.
Second, mourning wars gave young men the opportunity to earn the prestige needed to become respected and influential members of their tribe. Fourth, mourning wars fulfilled a spiritual and psychological function by easing grief, by providing a means for coping with death, and by restoring to the community the spiritual strength believed lost through the death of a clan member.
Centered as they were on ambush and surprise, woodland Indian military operations generally occurred during the warmer months to take advantage of the cover that foliage provided. The typical campaign began when clan matriarchs commissioned a male war chief to avenge the death of a family member.
After assembling a raiding party, gaining village approval, and holding a ceremonial feast, the war chief led his men into battle.
As ambushing Indians enjoyed surprise and could refuse to give battle to larger forces, engagements were usually one-sided affairs that ended with the taking of captives. Tactics and Spiritual Beliefs.
Native Americans believed that those who died a violent death could not spend their afterlife with other deceased members of their families in the villages of the dead; rather, they had to spend eternity wandering about in search of vengeance.
Indian warriors consequently avoided combat when overmatched and generally shunned high-risk assaults on fortified positions in favor of hit-and-run attacks on outnumbered and surprised enemy groups. Occasionally a war chief would respond to an especially severe attack by besieging an enemy village with a force of several hundred warriors.
When the foe emerged to douse the flames, the two sides fought a highly ritualized clash that ended after some of the enemy had been killed or taken captive. The besieging force then retreated before reinforcements arrived from nearby settlements.
For several reasons, large-scale engagements such as these rarely involved taking or destroying enemy villages. Large settlements were difficult to attack because they were surrounded by stout palisades constructed of several rows of three-to-five-inch diameter wooden poles interweaved with bark and branches.
Bigger villages also had watchtowers and galleries built on the insides of the palisades from which defenders could fire arrows at a besieging force. WAR CHIEFS While superficially similar, Indian war chiefs and European military leaders of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries fulfilled dramatically different roles and had sharply divergent relationships with their soldiers.
European generals had autocratic powers and were able to issue orders to their troops backed by the threat of imprisonment or death. They also enjoyed direct control of their armies through an imprecise but nonetheless effective chain of command.[John Brickell] was the first [Euro-American] to attribute medicinal properties to the "scarlet root," a plant obtained at the foot of the mountains, which had been mentioned earlier by Lawson as the source of a red pigment which the Indians [of North Carolina] mixed with bear's oil to anoint their bodies.
The period from to was characterized by almost constant conflict and compromise between colonists and Native peoples. What follows is a short list of very important conflicts with a.
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American Americans Native. After the Civil War, Indians inhabited almost half of the United States. White Americans were urged to move west and settle, not taking regard that Native Americans already lived there.
By the late s most Indians had lost their land and had been driven onto reservations. Native American cuisine includes all food practices of the indigenous peoples of the Americas.
Modern-day native peoples retain a varied culture of traditional foods, some of which have become iconic of present-day Native American social gatherings (for example, frybread). Corn, also known as Maize, was an important crop to the Native American Indian. Eaten at almost every meal, this was one of the Indians main foods.
Corn was found to be easily stored and preserved during the cold winter months.
1 The Washington administration's initial policy toward Native Americans was enunciated in June of Led by General "Mad Anthony" Wayne, the Legion inflicted a crushing defeat on the Indian confederation in the Summer of This decisive battle and the ensuing Treaty of Greenville brought a tentative peace to the northwest in The Native Americans turned to war, in the end, the U.S was too strong, and the Native Americans surrendered in Then, in the late 's the U.S forced Native Americans onto reservation. Andrew Jackson defeated the Native American Creek Federation and posed to the Native Americans the Treaty of Fort Jackson that stole the Native Americans land, so Chief Soccafoca lead thousands of his troops to Florida to ally with the Gullah Nation.5/5(5).
In particular, Native Americans often used roots, berries, and tree bark to make pigments for face paints. They would crush the items and grind them into a paste to blend with other materials to form paint.