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Analyzing the Piqua Shawnee Tribe

The Piqua Shawnee tribe is indigenous to north America and also a Algonquian-speaking tribe. During the colonial times the Native American were a semi-migratory nation. They primarily occupied areas of the Ohio valley that extends from Ohio and Kentucky eastward to the west Virginia, Pennsylvania, Virginia, western Maryland that leads to south Alabama and Carolina to the south and Indiana to the west and Illinois in the states.

The Shawnee migrated to the west to Missouri and Kansas and some to the Indian territory, Oklahoma, by the European-American pressure during the 1830s.

There were some that didn’t remove to the Oklahoma because the civil war was taking part in history. The Shawnee tribe is made up of different kingship and historical groups, up to date only three federally recognized Shawnee tribes are found with all the headquarters in Oklahoma which are the absentee-Shawnee tribe of Indians of Oklahoma, Shawnee tribe and Eastern Shawnee tribe of Oklahoma.

a patrilineal system was used by the Piqua Shawnee tribe that enables the descent and the inheritance go through parental lines, and all this was before the came into contact with the Europeans. Sachema was the name of their government that was ruled by kings and reign to be taken through succession and always on the mothers side. For instance, the children of the reigning king will not take up the mantle of being king, the mantle will go to his brother or if not to his sisters children, for the cannot be a female ruler.

They have such rules in their government because they do not want their issue become spurious. Pekoni, Kispoko, Mekoche, Hathawekela and Chillicothe are the five divisions of the Piqua Shawnee tribe. According to its kingship the Shawnee tribe is divided into six clans in addition to the five division. spiritual value was showed by every clan which also had purpose in the overall confederacy. Each Shawnee had a name or clan and the five divisions of the Shawnee tribe and the six clans are common with one another.

The following are the six name clans of the Shawnee tribe; 0epatiiwomhsooni this shows a peaceful and gentle nature, 0epatiiwomhsooni this shows animals that have paws and can tear and rip flesh, Mseewiwomhsoomi this represents herbivorous animals, Kkahkileewomsoomi this represents aquatic life, Peteko0iteewomhsoomi this represents carnivorous animals and Pellewomhsoomi this represents the bird life.

Every division had a primary village where the chief of the division lived and it was named after the division. There were specific roles played by the Piqua Shawnee clans and divisions for the entire tribe.

As the Europeans started putting down the records about the Shawnee tribe, their social traditions had already started to fade.

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