Burials of the Algonquian, Siouan and Caddoan Tribes West of the Mississippi

Burials of the Algonquian, Siouan and Caddoan Tribes West of the Mississippi

Burials of the Algonquian, Siouan and Caddoan Tribes West of the Mississippi

Burials of the Algonquian, Siouan and Caddoan Tribes West of the Mississippi

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Within historic times tribes belonging to three great linguistic families dominated the greater part of the country westward from the Mississippi to the eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains, and far northward from the valley of Red River, La., into British possessions. Their villages were widely scattered and many were standing within a century, evidently preserving the "same characteristic features unchanged through generations. But the villages of the people of different parts of the region varied in form and appearance. The manners and customs of a tribe, combined with the influence exerted by their natural environment, resulted in the development of the several types of habitations, and the same causes made it necessary for them to adopt various ways of disposing of their dead, as will be described in the following pages.

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