by: Ellen Beard
Where did they live?
The Atakapan's lived in the coastal plains region of Texas and in southwest Louisiana. they lived in Kickapoo Huts. Which at first were made out of grass then started to be made of buffalo hide. Now, it is believed that most Western Atakapa tribes or subdivisions were decimated by the 1850s, mainly from infectious disease and poverty
They grew corn and beans and hunted and fished. The men mostly hunted. They used bow and arrows to hunt for things like deer, buffalo, and alligator. Occasionally they would fish, using nets, traps, and hooks made of bone. While the women mostly gathered fruit, nut, and wild honey.
The Atakapans never fought any wars and were known to be a peaceful tribe and did not takes sides once it came to religion or government.
The Atakapans were famous for their fine red clay pottery
They practiced ritual cannibalism .