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The Cree are a group of Native American people Theyre origin is southern Canada and northern America The Cree live in small groups called bands which are named after the places where they live Some of the bands are the Eastern Cree the Plains Cree Woodlands Cree East and West Swampy Cree Moose Cree and Attikamek Cree The Cree have many aspects to their life Political In the early 1600s to the late 1800s the Cree had a government in which the whole tribe made decisions There was more than one leader Most of the power came from the chiefs of the tribe An important person for the Cree tribe was Chief Poundmaker who took part in Mtis rebellion against the Canadian government in 1885 He was convicted of treason served a term in prison and died shortly after his release One of the important documents for the Cree was the treaty they signed with the Canadian government that ended the protest against the damns in Quebec The government paid them millions of dollars for the damage done to their land The political aspects are very important in Cree life Religion The Cree believe in many different things They believe in spirits and demons that would occasionally show up in their sleep The Plains Cree believe in one creator called the Great Manito who controls the whole universe Manito is too powerful to be asked blessings directly so instead he is approached by go-betweens which are powers called atayohkanak One of the most important ceremonies for the Cree is the vision quest When a young man has reached an age to be considered an adult he is sent out away from people and fasts for several days The boy will usually have a vision and this is supposedly supposed to give him a direction for his life In the mid 1800s missionaries came to Cree tribes Many of them became Christians Others added
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