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Wichita in Sedgwick County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Warriors

Their Natural Weapons

 

—Plains Indians Life, Beliefs and Practices —

 
Warriors Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., September 4, 2011
1. Warriors Marker
Inscription.

The bow and arrow was the most natural weapon for the Plains Indian, the tool best suited for hunting buffalo. It was the first plaything given to him as a child. He began to practice before he was even 4 years old. At the age of 8 to 10, he would begin to use his developing skills to assist in the hunts.

Each warrior would craft his own bow. It was made from strong Osage orange wood, with the string made from buffalo sinew. Arrows were fashioned from dogwood, with hawk or eagle feathers. Arrowheads were usually flint or bone, with the size of the arrowhead dependent on what animal was being hunted.

Warriors developed commendable skills with the hunting and war lance, knife, hatchet and club. Hunting lances were undecorated and much thicker and longer than war lances. It was said that the shorter the war lance, the greater the courage of the warrior who carried it.
 
Location. 37° 41.486′ N, 97° 21.004′ W. Marker is in Wichita, Kansas, in Sedgwick County. Click for map. The marker is on the Keeper of the Plains plaza, at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas Rivers, about 500 feet ESE of the Mid-America All-Indian Center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 650 North Seneca Street, Wichita KS 67203, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least
Keeper of the Plains Plaza Markers image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Keeper of the Plains Plaza Markers
(l-r) Tribes, Buffalo, Stories, Women, Warriors, and Ceremony Markers
8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Ceremony (here, next to this marker); Women (here, next to this marker); Stories (here, next to this marker); Buffalo (here, next to this marker); Keeper of the Plains (here, next to this marker); Tribes (a few steps from this marker); Dream Animals (a few steps from this marker); Tipis (a few steps from this marker). Click for a list of all markers in Wichita.
 
Also see . . .
1. Indian Tools and Weapons. (Submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Mid-America All-Indian Center, Wichita. (Submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Keeper of the Plains Plaza. (Submitted on June 26, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Man-Made FeaturesNative Americans
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 240 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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