Comanche Tribe

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From a more ecological standpoint, grasslands and bison ecologies were being infringed upon which upset the smooth flow of the past forms of hunting and survival among the Sioux and Comanche tribes. The growing number of horse herds and the new large-scale trade greatly impacted the grassland ecology, which than caused a decrease in bison numbers. Horses required much of the resources available in the riverine which took away the resources available for the other hunted animals, most importantly, the Bison. Their lives in the winter were growing shorter and the herds of these Buffalo were not able to live as long as before due to the limited amount of resources. The Comanche Indians experienced an even worse impact from the depleting population…show more content…
A complete shift to this nomadism would have resulted to a need for many horses among each individual family, around six. One would be used for hunting, two for specifically riding, and three for carrying the lodge poles, tipi covers, and other necessities among the tribe. This was difficult for many families to obtain this many horses due to living in poorer conditions but also to a limited number of horses available.2 Even with a limited number of horses, however, the aid that these animals provided for each tribe allowed them to continue striving and develop their ways of living in order to create a more sufficient and advanced way of…show more content…
It could be argued that the negative effects of the horse outweighed the positive; however, after further research it seems clear that there were an abundance of positive qualities that allowed this animal to better these Plains Indians. From a geographical stand point, the environment was able to maintain the migration of horses throughout the plains and allow them to continue spreading throughout different tribes which was an extremely important factor to the existence of the horse. The Comanche Indians were able to quickly adapt to life on horseback and improved not only the productivity of everyday tasks but also mounted combat. The Sioux Indians, like the Apaches, were also able to make life more efficient and use the horse to hunt faster, transport people and items, and also fight in a more tactical way. These tribes would have continued struggling to survive if not for the introduction of the
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