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The earliest written mention of the Kiowa Indians of the mid-west plains was in 1682 by Ren Robert Cavelier who heard of them from a captive Pani slave boy at Fort St Louis who called them Manrhouts and Gattacha The Kiowa are a group of warrior plains people who lived on the southern Great Plains They became known as expert hunters horse riders and warriors who were feared for their raids on other Indian groups SIRS It is said that they were first discovered by Saynday also know as Trickster who was wandering alone on the sunless earth when he came upon the Kiowas living underground He helped them crawl up though a hollow cottonwood tree and pulled the from a small owl hole He had pulled a lot out and a pregnant woman got stuck in the hole and they couldnt get her to come free so the rest of the Kiowa got stuck in the ground that is why today there arent very many of them Starwolf As a result of the Medicine Lodge Treaty of 1867 the Kiowa were assigned to a reservation in Oklahoma in 1868 They never really confined their activities to the reservation however and in 1874 resumed warfare with the white settlers in the vicinity It wasnt until around a year later when a large number of their horses were captured and destroyed and several of their leaders were captured that the Kiowa were defeated Virginia Haase The Kiowa hunted buffalo for food clothing supplies shelter and even pictures Like the Comanche they lived in tee-pees which are very easy to move and being nomads this helped the Kiowa out greatly They moved mainly to follow buffalo herds because buffalo was their most important source of food they also ate plants roots and berries when they ran out and couldnt find anymore buffalo women doing the gathering men the hunting Now The Kiowa did realize that
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