Trail Of Tears Vs Choctaw

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Imagine taking a dangerous, long trip. Imagine being forced to move from home in the American Southeast by the United States government to the west, landing in Oklahoma. This route which you take will soon be known as a part of the Trail of Tears. The Trail of Tears refers to the removal of native Native American tribes from their homelands in 1830. Imagine people dying from sickness or exhaustion, as most people are traveling by foot. This pain causes people to cry, which explains how the Trail of Tears got its name. If you had to partake in this scary journey, you would belong to one of five civilized Native American tribes: the Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek, Cherokee or the Seminole tribe. This essay is specifically going to talk about the Choctaw …show more content…
The Choctaw men and women wore varying types of clothing than one another. The Choctaw men wore breechcloths: long, rectangular pieces of tanned deerskin or fur. The breechcloth went over a circular belt, so that the middle of the cloth would go through the belt, one side of the cloth would go in front of the person, and the opposite side would go behind the person. Instead of wearing a breechcloth alone, most Choctaw men wore leggings which were made of leather and soft skins. They wore leggings to protect their legs, similar to people today. Choctaw women, on the other hand, wore wrap-around skirts made of either deerskin or woven fiber. It was not required to wear shirts in Choctaw culture. When it was cool or breezy, however, poncho style caps were worn. They also wore moccasins (a type of native american shoe) on their feet. Choctaws did not really wear any traditional headpiece, but both men and women kept their hair long. Although they usually kept their hair long, some men cut their hair and made it into a mohawk style, decorating at the edges with feathers. Choctaws also painted their faces and bodies bright colors when there were big events going on. Some Choctaws even had tribal tattoos on their legs and …show more content…
Choctaw stickball was one of the early versions of what lacrosse is like today. If war was brewing between two Choctaw villages, stickball was a peaceful way to deal with the issues. It was often called “the little brother of war”. The amount of players that usually played in a stickball game would vary from twenty to three hundred players! The goalpost of each team could also be very far from each other, from 100 feet apart to 5 miles apart. The goal of the game was to get the ball all the way down to the end of the field with your team using only sticks. When you get to the other end of the field, you would have to hit the ball on to the the other team’s post in order to score a point. Chunkey was another game that they played. It required a 1-2 inch round disc with a hole in it, which was made of stone, and long, sharp sticks made out of wood. One player would roll the stone disc down into an open space and all the players would throw their wooden sticks at the disc while it was rolling. The goal of the game was to hit the stone disc and to keep others from doing the same. These two games use large equipment, however there are other games that do not require much and only need materials like corn, cane, and moccasins. The corn game was played using several flat kernels. One side would be painted black and the other side white. To earn points, the players would roll a

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