Homes The Yakima Indians lived in villages of underground winter houses sometimes known as pit houses.These homes are built partly underground, with a basement like living space dug from the ground and a dome shaped wooden frame built over it and packed with earth. Their houses were small (about 15 feet across)and only a single family lived in each one. In the summer during hunting, like the Plains people they had portable teepees.
They ate the following foods: Nuts Roots Berries Deer and Elk Small Game Fish Salmon Camas (a type of lily)
Jobs Men hunted for food, farmed, skinned animals, made bows and arrows, and taught young boys how to do all that stuff. Women cooked the food, picked berries, made clothes, made clay pots, made woven baskets, cleaned, and taught young girls how to do all that stuff.
They had very cold winters and hot summers. The average heating degrees is 49.8 during the months of January through December. The average cooling degrees is 36.9 during the months of January through December.
Tools The Yakima Indians used the following tools: Fishing nets Spears Bows and arrows Wooden fish traps Hunting dogs Shields made from Elk to protect them in war
The Yakima Indians used the following for transportation: By Birch-Bark canoe to get across lakes or any type of body of water By foot By horse
Kids Lives Play with other children Go to school Help around the house Fish Chores Play with Buckskin dolls and other toys and games depending on their moms culture
Basket hats used to put objects or food in and also used for hats. Digging sticks are used to dig up roots from the ground. Arrowheads are used for making objects and for hunting.
Clothes They wore different clothes on different accessions like celebrations. They also wore beaded clothes. Yakima men wore breech clouts with leggings Short buckskin shirts with patterns and holes punched in them Women wore buckskin dresses decorated with beads and quillwork Moccasins Fur robes and hats
Various of plants and animals survived on the Plateau. The Plateau included parts of Northwestern states and British Columbia. The Plateau had plenty of water, provided by the large Columbia and Fraser Rivers. The Plateau cultural region lay between the Cascade and Rocky Mountains.
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