by Brian M. Brown
From the perspective of both the Natives and White people, it is important to put this entire story in context, so let's begin with some background. (below)
copyright©1999 Brian M. Brown
Latest revisions: Jan. 2000 and July 27, 2001.
Originally posted at http://www.tcel.com/~brownb/NativeRb.htm
on Jan. 1, 1999 with the summary being posted on March 10, 1999.
Transfered to http://www.alittlehistory.com/NativeRb.htm
on January 10, 2001.
Before the 1885 Northwest Rebellion, the Natives on the central plains of North America underwent major changes. The first major change came when the White people brought the horse to North America and traded it to the Natives. Before the horse, the Natives had to rely on their dogs for help. Hunting and traveling had been difficult, so sometimes they starved. But with the introduction of the horse, and a bit later the gun, hunting became quick and easy. After this, for over a hundred years the Natives enjoyed a good lifestyle, and starvation was seldom a problem.
Unfortunately, the coming of the White man also brought destructive epidemics of Smallpox, struggles with whiskey, and the loss of the buffalo. When the buffalo disappeared from the plains, the Natives lost their main source of food, clothing, and shelter. Big Bear lived during this tragic period.
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