An Arapaho tipi village
An Arapaho tipi village
 
 
An Arapaho tipi
An Arapaho tipi
 
 
Little Raven
Little Raven
 
 
Little Bird
Little Bird
 
 
An Arapaho village in 1868
An Arapaho village in 1868
 
 
A gathering of an Arapaho tribe
A gathering of an Arapaho tribe
 
Arapaho Tribe
Topic(s):   Native Americans
Quick Facts
Location Minnesota, North Dakota, Colorado, Wyoming and Kansas
Type of home tipi
Famous leaders Little Raven, Little Bird

The Arapaho people lived on the great plains of Minnesota, North Dakota, and Kansas during the spring, summer and fall. During the winter, they lived in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado and Wyoming. The Arapaho moved homes often in order to follow the herds of buffalo or bison.

The Arapaho men hunted buffalo for food. They also hunted deer, elk, and fish. They used animal fur for clothes. The hides or skins were used on their tipis. The Arapaho men were fighters. They would fight if they were threatened.

The Arapaho women gathered wild berries and plants. They did the cooking. They also took care of the tipis. The tipis were made of wood and animal skins. The tipis were very easy to build and take apart. This was important because the Arapaho people moved homes often.

The Arapaho children like to fish and hunt. They played a game called hoop and pole. The game is like darts.

When the Arapaho moved homes, they used dogs to pull a sled. This sled called a travois. A travois was shaped like a triangle. The sled would carry the tipis and their belongings. Later, the tribe used horses to pull the travois.

The Arapaho woman wore long skirts and dresses made from animal hides. The men wore shirts made from hides with long fringes or strings on them. Colorful beads were used to decorate their clothes.

The Arapaho Tribe split into two tribes in the early 1800s. They became the Northern Arapaho Tribe and the Southern Arapaho Tribe.

Teacher Resources

Arapaho facts, information, pictures | Encyclopedia.com articles about Arapaho. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.encyclopedia.com/history/united-states-and-canada/north-american-indigenous-peoples/arapaho

Arapaho Tribe: Facts, Clothes, Food and History ***. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.warpaths2peacepipes.com/indian-tribes/arapaho-tribe.htm

Facts for Kids: Arapaho Indians (Arapahos, Arapahoe). (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.bigorrin.org/arapaho_kids.htm

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