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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jan 2019 2:31 p.m. PST

"The lack of written sources for many Native Americans limits our study of their history. The only ones we do have mainly come from Europeans, many of whom filtered the experiences through deep religious bias.

But through a careful examination of modern sources such as oral histories and accounting for bias in written European sources, we can project back in time and see how their warfare might have been conducted. The following story is a reasonable recreation of Cree warfare before European contact.

The promising warriors gathered at the war chief's lodge to decide the course of the war. The warriors jealousy and violently guarded the hunting grounds of the Cree against other tribes such as the Inuit to their North, and later in history the Dakotas to their West. Now, the established warriors wanted to secure key hunting territory and replace their lost children with an adopted slave or two…"
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