Definition of Plains Indian in English:

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Plains Indian

Pronunciation: /plānz ˈindēən/


A member of any of various North American Indian peoples who formerly inhabited the Great Plains.

Although a few of the Plains Indian peoples were sedentary farmers, most, including the Blackfoot, Cheyenne, and Comanche, were nomadic buffalo hunters, who gathered in tribes during the summer and dispersed into family groups in the winter. They hunted on foot until they acquired horses from the Spanish in the early 18th century. The introduction of the horse also led other peoples, such as the Sioux and the Cree, to move into the Plains area.

Example sentences
  • His introduction to the Plains Indians Wars came in Kansas in 1867.
  • Grinnell's essential message was this: Plains Indians are human beings with histories of their own.
  • An Indian, especially a Plains Indian, would never be that vulnerable for even that short a time.

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Syllabification: Plains In·di·an

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