The Great Basin Indians ate seeds, nuts, berries, roots, bulbs, cattails, grasses, deer, bison, rabbits, elk, insects, lizards, salmon, trout and perch. The specific foods varied, depending on the tribe and where they were located in the Great Basin.Continue Reading
The Utes made up one of the biggest and oldest tribes in the Great Basin. They ranged throughout the mountains of Colorado and Utah and through the plains and deserts of Wyoming, Nevada, New Mexico and Arizona.
This tribe lived mostly off of berries, including gooseberries, chokecherries, raspberries and buffalo berries. They squeezed the berries for juice, then used the pulp to make cakes and other dishes. Then they also ate the roots of yampa and lily plants. They gathered the seeds from the amaranth plant and ate them raw, in soups, dried or as a cereal. They even found nutritional value in trees and cacti. With trees, especially the ponderosa pine, they peeled away the tough, outer bark and ate the soft, inner bark. They plucked off the fruit and flower of the prickly pear cactus, removed the spines and boiled or roasted them. When the Utes were not gathering food, they were hunting it. They trapped small game and hunted antelope, elk and deer.Learn more about US History
The Karankawa Indians ate a diet that primarily consisted of berries, plant roots and other edible plants, as well as wild deer, turtles, rabbits, turkeys, oysters, clams, drum and redfish. They lived along the coastline of the Gulf of Mexico, in southeast Texas, adjacent to the Coahuiltecans to the south and west, and the Tonkawa to the north.Full Answer >
The Hupa Indians subsisted mainly on salmon and acorns, along with greens, roots, berries and nuts. Besides fishing, the Hupa were also avid hunters, using dogs to track down deer and elk as well as smaller game like rabbits and birds.Full Answer >
The Caddo Indians ate a varied number of foods, including corn, pumpkin, deer, turkey and bison. The Caddo people also fished the river that ran between their tribes. They were also able to cultivate shellfish from the river.Full Answer >
The Cheyenne people mainly wore clothing and shoes made of elk, deer and buffalo skin decorated with porcupine quills and shells. Animal teeth and small bits of bone were used as well. Deerskin was the most popular type of clothing because it was light, soft and flexible. The women wore long deerskin dresses, and the men wore buckskin breech cloths and shirts.Full Answer >