They shared a simliar diet. They hunted deer, rabbit and waterfowl; fished for sturgeon, pike, lake trout and catfish; gathered nuts, wild rice, berries, edible plants and shellfish; and planted corn, beans, squash, tobacco and sunflowers.”
Where did the Potawatomi settle in Wisconsin?
They grew corn and squash and gathered berries, seeds, and wild rice. They fished and hunted deer, bison (buffalo), elk, and small animals. French explorers entered Potawatomi lands in 1634.
They often hunted animals such as deer, bear, moose, and foxes. The hunters used stone tipped spears and bow and arrows to kill their prey, then wrapped the meat for the return home. The most prevalent animals hunted by the Potawatomi were deer and buffalo.
Like other tribes in the southern peninsula of Michigan, the Potawatomi were forced westward by the Iroquois onslaught. By 1665, the tribe relocated on the Door County Peninsula in Wisconsin. When the Iroquois threat receded after 1700, the Potawatomi moved south along the western shore of Lake Michigan.
Whether they were farming tribes or not, most Native American tribes had very meat-heavy diets. Favorite meats included buffalo, elk, caribou, deer, and rabbit; salmon and other fish; ducks, geese, turkeys and other birds; clams and other shellfish; and marine mammals like seals or even whales.
Traditionally, the Potawatomi relied on hunted, fished, and gathered food resources in the summer but also maintained substantial gardens of corn, beans, and squash. Women also collected a wide variety of wild plant foods, including berries, nuts, roots, and wild greens. Men also planted and grew tobacco.
There were two types of dwellings used by the Potawatomis: dome-shaped houses called wigwams, and rectangular lodges with bark covering. Here are some photos of birchbark homes. Potawatomi villages usually included a sweat lodge, meat-drying huts, and a ballfield.
Under Indian Removal, they eventually ceded many of their lands, and most of the Potawatomi relocated to Nebraska, Kansas, and Indian Territory, now in Oklahoma. Some bands survived in the Great Lakes region and today are federally recognized as tribes.
Shabonee, also spelled Shabbona, (born c. 1775, near Maumee River [Ohio, U.S.]—died July 17, 1859, Morris, Ill., U.S.), Potawatomi Indian chief, hero of a Paul Revere-style ride through northern Illinois in 1832, the purpose of which was to warn white settlers of an imminent Indian raid during the Black Hawk War.
Neshnabémwen, the language of the original people, is the native language of the Potawatomi people. It is a goal of the Pokagon Band to revitalize its language, and the Department of Language offers opportunities for learners of all ages and abilities to learn the Potawatomi language.
Around 1880, a group of Potawatomi settled in an area near Blackwell and Wabeno in Forest County. This group was the origin of the Forest County Potawatomi Community. In 1913, the Forest County Potawatomi Community was officially recognized and made its initial land purchases to establish a reservation.
The U.S. government sent soldiers to round up the Potawatomi they could find and move them at gunpoint to reservations in the west. This forced removal is now called the Potawatomi Trail of Death, similar to the more familiar Cherokee Trail of Tears.
3 FOODS OF NATIVE CANADIANS. The traditional diet of Aboriginal people was made up of the animals and plants found on the land and in the sea around them. Seal, whale, buffalo, caribou, walrus, polar bear, arctic hare (rabbit), all kinds of fish and many species of bird were hunted or fished.
Because of the highly perishable nature of the fruit, it seems likely that the tomato was among the last of the native American species to be adopted as a cultivated food plant by the Indians and that it remained of little importance until after the arrival of the white man.
The main food for the Blackfoot came from the bison. They hunted other animals when necessary such as deer, elk, and rabbits. The women gathered berries when they could. For the winter, they made a mixture called pemmican from dried bison meat, berries, and fat.