Kiowa Tribe

By: Hannah Sirkin

where did they live?

The Kiowa tribe originated in Montana, then migrated south into the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, then finally into the Southern Plains in Texas by the 19th Century

What did the Kiowa's eat?

Buffalo meat was their most important food. They also gathered plants, roots and berries to eat when they could find them.

How did they obtained their food?

They were Hunters and gatherers. They hunted buffalo, and gathered roots and berries

What type of dwelling did they live in?

Tee-pees are easy to move and being nomads the Kiowa moved all the time. They moved to follow buffalo herds. Buffalo meat was their most important food.
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What wepons did they use?

The Kiowa used bows and arrows, and also spears, knives, and darts. The arrowheads were made of sharpened flint (rock), and the spines of the prickly pear cactus were used as points on their darts.

What beliefs and traditions did they have?

There is a hierarchy of spiritual power: the spiritual power of predators is more powerful than that of their prey; the spiritual powers from above, such as the sun, are stronger than the earthly animals.

what was their organization of leadership

The Kiowas had a well structured tribal government like most tribes on the Northern Plains. They had a yearly Sun Dance gathering and an elected head-chief who was considered to be a symbolic leader of the entire nation. There were warrior societies and religious societies that made up the Kiowa society. Kiowa government was democratic with the election of chiefs based on bravery and courage in battle as well as intelligence, generosity, experience, communication skills, and kindness to others.

Where are they located now?

Today the Kiowa tribe lives in Oklahoma