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Piqua Shawnee -- Food & Clothing

The Shawnees moved about in search of game during winters. In the growing season they settled in rather large villages where they raised crops of corn, squash, and beans. The Shawnee Indians ate a wide variety of food.  The men hunted and the women farmed the land.  The animals they hunted were deer, turkeys, squirrels, other small animals, and fish.  The main crops the Shawnee grew were corn, squash, and beans.  They referred to these crops as the Three Sisters.

The tribe carried on extensive trade in animal skins and salt; production of the latter was a major industry for the Shawnees, who extracted the mineral from the many salt springs in Kentucky.

Shawnee clothing was made of dressed skins and consisted of a shirt for men and a longer overblouse for women. Both sexes wore leggings and moccasins. Their clothing was often decorated with dyed porcupine quills, bright-colored feathers, and paint.

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