The nomadic tribes survived on hunting. The bison was their main source of food and items such as cups, decorations, tools, knives, and clothing.
Many religions were animist, teaching that all things are alive and possess spirits. Earth was important as the mother of all spirits.
A warrior was viewed by the people as a protector, provider, and leader. Warriors gained rank in society by performing and accumulating various acts of bravery in battle known as coups.
Native Americans had a very developed culture of warfare and a sophisticated weaponry utilizing pre-bronze age technology.