The Dohasan Calendar

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Introducing the Kiowas in history, their traditions are able to tell us how they entered the world and how they lived a hard life. In the late seventeenth century, they migrated southward. The Kiowas acquired horses and also Tai-me, which was their sacred sun dance doll. In the map 6.3 in the textbook, it shows us the Kiowa migration route from 1832-1869 and that they migrated south across the Great Plains. Although they were brought to new homes, they encountered with the Americans and this forever changed their way of life. After interpreting the Dohasan Calendar, it was begun by a Kiowa chief named Dohasan, who was described as “a very gentlemanly and high minded man.” The Dohasan calendar suggests different ways of understanding and remembering history in sense of it still being continued when Dohasan died in 1866, and was prolonged until 1892 by …show more content…
The dance was held once a year and it wasn’t only meant for religious gatherings, but also it was a meeting that brought the tribes together to share important information. The Sun Dance could sometimes not be held due to the lack of buffalo. These two things together were known as the anchors of the Kiowa culture. The calendar also tells us about Kiowa relations with other Indian tribes. For example, in 1874 when Kiowa decided to go to war, other southern Indian tribes decided to do the same thing. The main reason why the other tribes followed the Kiowa was because they know they would have slowly died of hunger.
Unfortunately, the Kiowas did witness their world changing before their eyes. The calendar ending with an epidemic in 1892, it led to multiple deaths and had severe impacts on all different people. The men and women lost some of their children due to an epidemic that broke out a reservation school and spread rapidly, killing many innocent kids. The survivors from the war and diseases had to try and learn new ways on how to

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