Shawnee Indians

By: Olivia and Nashelle

Where the Shawnee live

Because the Shawnee Indians moved around, they did not live in the more permanent shelters. Rather, they lived in round wigwams which were reminiscent to what we would call igloos. But instead of being made from ice, these wigwams were made from sheets of tree bark, tree saplings (which helped form the framework), cattails, thick brush grass and other natural materials. Shelter: They had three main houses, wigwams, lodges, and Seminoles. Seminoles were used in the summer or when it was hot out. Wigwams and lodges were used anytime. Wigwams were round and small. Lodges were rectangular and made of bark, sticks, and wood. The village had a wall around it so that other tribes and animals couldn't get in. They lived in Ohio, West Virginia, and Western Pennsylvania.

Lifestyle, Art, and Music

The lifestyle of the Shawnee Indians is very different. The medicine that they used were herbs and what they believed was healing water. They did a lot of clay and making pots. They loved the earth and they respected it a lot. They told stories about their god which didn't have a name but she was an old wise women with grey hair, brown eyes, a dog, and a grandson. They loved to sing and had ceremonies involving the buffalo hunting season. They built their tools out of buffalo for hunting. They built arrows and bows, stone tomahawks, spears, and nets.


Shawnee indians are the best!

wars, enemies, and allies

The Shawnee were a very far-ranging tribe, so they interacted with many different nations. Further to the north, the Shawnees were allies of the Delaware Indians and enemies of the Iroquois tribes. Further to the south, the most important neighbors of the Shawnee tribe were the Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Creek Indians. Sometimes the Shawnees traded with these tribes, and other times they fought them. The Shawnee were allies of the French during the French and Indian War, fought in 1763 with Pontiac against the British; and some were involved in Lord Dunmore's War of 1774. They became British allies during the American Revolution and led many forays against American settlements in Kentucky.


The members of any Shawnee Indian tribe were very hard working. Shawnee men were hunters and sometimes went to war to protect their families. Shawnee women were farmers and also did child care and cooking. Both genders took part in storytelling, artwork and music, and traditional medicine. In the past, Shawnee principal chiefs were always men, but either a man or a woman could be a village chief. Women and girls in the family mostly wore wraparound skirts with leggings while the men and boys wore traditional breechcloths with leggings. Ponchos and moccasins were wonr by men and women.