Facts About the Piqua Shawnee Tribe

The Piqua Shawnee are an indigenous ethnic grouping that lives in the North America. Before the US independence, this group of people were considered nomadic and occupied the areas of Ohio Valley, Kentucky, Alabama and westward to Indiana in the United States. The European-American Pressure pushed the Piqua Shawnee to Kansas and Missouri. Further regroupings of the Shawnee people were forced by the civil war.

The Shawnee people use the Shawnee Language in their communication. It is estimated that in 2002 around 200 people spoke this language. The language is however no longer being taught and its continuance may not be guaranteed. This language is in a script and has a dictionary and sections of the Bible translated into it. The other commonly used language among the Piqua Shawnee tribe nowadays is English which is well understood by both the elderly people and the youth who may not fancy themselves in the learning of the native Shawnee language.

The other interesting fact about the Piqua Shawnee tribe is that they were traditionally engaged in farming, fishing and hunting as their chief means of attaining their livelihoods. There are those who also engaged in beadwork as well as wood carving as other forms of obtaining their livelihoods. The later set of trades were practiced to a small extent by only a few members of the community who had the possession of the skills required. To attain to their core economic activities of farming, fishing and hunting, the Piqua Shawnee people made use of certain tools such as spears, arrows and bows. The spears could do both the hunting and the fishing while the bows and the arrows were chiefly used for hunting reasons. Know more about Shawnee tribes at https://www.huffingtonpost.com/american-anthropological-association/in-this-holiday-season-le_b_6262672.html .

Politically, the Piqua Shawnee Tribe community has a well-organized governmental system which is ruled by kings popularly known as the sachema. These kings reign by succeeding each other. The other important aspect of this government system is that the succession of the kings is done on the mother's side. The tribes may further be subdivided into smaller groupings which live in villages. These groupings may have a chief over them as their ruler. The villages are made up of a group of houses which may be designed in any shape that the people traditionally esteem such as domes or cone-shaped. These houses may, in addition, be made of wood and covered with mats or birch back as a form of roofing material.