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Explain 5 things that the Lakota did differently from the Europeans at the time

Take one of these and explain why you think that probably they made a better job of it than the Europeans.

What Helen thought they did differently
1. Marriage – In Lakota custom a man would marry more than one woman at a time. When the tribe were in marrying season a man would ask about 5 women to marry him and then one or two would say yes. Hunters killed a lot of bison and used the skins for lots of things like making tepees so, by having a lot of women tanning them, fewer went to waste. In Europe you could only marry one person at a time and getting divorced was very difficult.
2. The elderly people – The elderly people were listened to and respected but when they got too old to be able to move with the tribe, they were left with some food, water and a blanket to die. They would just pass away. In Europe they were more settled and so the elderly were looked after by their families as they saw fit until the person passed away.
3. The raising of children – The raising of children was done completely differently to the Europeans. The Lakota people spoilt their children and only punished them when it was something serious. The punishment would be something like having a bucket of cold water chucked over you, your toys taken away or being excluded from helping the family. The Europeans were using the cane to make their children behave and were convinced that if you didn’t use the cane then your child would be a little “what’s-it”.
4. Divorcing someone – Divorcing someone in Lakota custom was very easy. If a marriage wasn’t working and the man wanted to divorce his wife, he would bang a drum and announce it in public. However, if the women wanted the divorce she would take all her belongings and go back to her parents’ tepee. This was very different to the way that it was done in Europe. In Europe divorces were very hard to get, they were very rare. When it did happen it was all done in court and you had to have grounds for the divorce.
5. Rules and council – There were no set rules for Lakota tribes. There were customs that were followed but there was nothing set in stone. There was a council that was selected by the people and they would wear special clothes and meet to talk about certain important issues. The Europeans also had customs but laws were being set down by the governments. They had to be followed and most people did follow them.
What the Lakota people did better then the Europeans by Helen
The rules and council – I think that the people of the Lakota tribes made a better job of their rules and councils. I think this because the Lakota were much more laid back and let people live their own lives and make there own choices. If they wanted to do something in a certain way there was no law that said that they couldn’t, making it a truly free country. However, in Europe, there were very strict and tight laws were set down and were not to be broken, which meant that there was little available choice and people had to do things in a certain way. Therefore I think that the Lakota tribes’ people had a better system for rules and council.
What Lewis thought they did best:
I think it is better the way they get divorced, it is much easier than for the Europeans where it is complicated and often frowned upon. They simply declare it is over and bang a drum, much simpler than lengthy court battles which take time and lots of money! Their way is free and probably stopped a lot of arguing, the wife was always honoured so this probably would still happen and she would be treat with respect still after the divorce.
And Matthew agrees:
I chose divorce as my better way than in Europe because it was less of a fight and easier to go through with because it could just be done with no legal problems. It probably helped with tribal harmony.
Ore thought:
The thing that the Lakota’s went to war for was not land but for horses as they were treasured and very precious to them. Whereas the Europeans went to war for land, to conquer other countries and to become king. The Lakota’s only fought for horses as they thought land was not as precious as animals because they adored animals and only killed them because they needed to eat of needed the skins. They would never waste an animal; they would put the animal to a good cause
Becky thought:
I think the Lakota people made a better job of the medicine because they also helped to cure emotional illness too. They would have people coming in and dancing, singing or telling stories to them, which helped the feel better.

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Year 7 Lions Crime and Punishment word search -

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  1. The gibbet was a pole where ----were left to rot
  2. A ----- is a place where punishments for crimes are giving.
  3. A woman called for a hue and ------ , and the men did not came.
  4. The stocks are used for ----- behaviour
  5. The ----- stool was used mainly as a punishment for women
  6. People who hunted illegally had their ----- cut off
  7. As a punishment for small crimes, people would get a-----.
  8. The manorial court was held ----- times a year.
  9. A ----- is a large wooden pole where bodies were left to rot.
  10. Thieves had their ----- cut off.
  11. A ------ was an alarm call.
  12. People who illegally had their ears cut off
  13. 12 villeins are chosen to be the -----
  14. The small ------ courts were held 4 times a year.
  15. Women who committed were strangled and burned.
  16. The 3 different kinds of ------- were fire, water and combat.
  17. Law and ------ was very severe in Medieval England.
  18. The ------ were used for disorderly behaviour.
  19. A ------is a group of 10 ten who ensure everyone behaves properly.
  20. ------- and juries replaced ordeals.
  21. The three ordeals were fire, combat and -----
  22. The dunking stool was usually a punishment for ------.
How many words could you find?

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Letter home by Nadiya
To my venerable mother

I have been serving the Lord and Lady of the Manor almost constantly. I have spent a lot of my time training with young knights serving the King. There are tournaments at the Manor which we are allowed to watch. We have also been doing training such as sword play, we use swords and a shield, and we have to do other physical skills included:
Throwing stones
and wrestling

We have started to acquire the skills required of a Knight by practising the tilting of a lance during our knighthood training which also requires very good horse riding skills, which need lots of practise. We have started with small ponies on which we will get the equestrian skills required of a Knight. We and the quires are also expected to play our part in caring for the horses in the stables. We use wooden horses that are pulled along by two other pages towards the target and the riders have to aim the lance. We Pages are expected to learn the technique called the 'couch' where the lance is held under the arm to steady it during a course, substantially reducing the amount of flex and increasing the accuracy of a lunge. Sword play is also practised using wooden swords and shields during the training.
As a page, we learn how to fight, how to use weapons, and how to ride a horse into battle. We learn manners from the nobleman's wife.
As a pages we have a strict rule of conduct, a certain way of behaving that we have to follow. The rules are very detailed and very clear. Some of the rules are:
· When you enter a Lord's place, say, "Good Speed" and with humble cheer, greet all who are present.
· Do not rush in rudely, but enter with head up and at an easy pace, and kneel on one knee only to your Lord.
· Make obeisance (bow) to your Lord always when you answer, otherwise stand as still as a stone until he speak.
In spite of all theses activities I still have time to think of you and you are never far from my mind. I will write again soon.
Your ever loving son,

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Billy Johnston’s case for Harold

I think Harold Godwinson should be the next King of England.
My reasons for voting for Harold are as follows:
Firstly, I think Harold is a very strong willed warrior who has fighting experience under his belt. For example, he earned heroic respect in a series of campaigns (1062–63) against Gruffydd ap Llywelyn of Gwynedd, the ruler of Wales. This conflict ended with Gruffydd's defeat, and death at the hands of his own troops, in 1063. He is also known for his charisma, and good sense of humour. To quote chronicler Orderic Vitalis: "This Englishman is very tall and handsome, remarkable for his physical strength, his courage and eloquence, his ready jests and acts of valour. But what were these gifts to him without honour, which is the root of all good?".
Secondly, he would make a good king because he was born and raised in Wessex and is (half) English (unlike Edgar The Æthling, who isn‘t English at all). It may be that his mother is Danish, but the fact of the matter is that Harold is familiar and loyal to our English ways since birth.
Finally, he gets my vote because he was once the Earl of Wessex, was the Earl of Hereford one time and was the Earl of East Anglia twice. Whether or not he deserved these titles, he has experience ruling and shows a commitment to the people of England.
I wouldn’t vote for Edgar The Æthling because he is only fourteen. Though it is tragic that Edward the Confessor has died, I don’t think Edgar would be a very good king because he doesn’t have the autonomy to make his own decisions. Essentially, he would be a puppet king with adults behind the scenes calling the shots. A shadowy cabal is the last thing that England needs right now.
In addition, I don’t think Edgar would be a very good king because due to his age, he isn’t a leader or a warrior.

An ace report by Dante
Newcastle won a brilliant victory against the selfish, idiotic Man u players who are sore losers and complained the ref needed glasses and called the Newcastle team lucky and cheaters.
“Newcastle played fair and square and the ref had perfect vision. I did notice a few foul kicks from Man u...” Commented the no. 1 fan of Newcastle, Gregory Garfield.
“How dare Man. U. Call us cheaters! I’m outraged!” Complained top player, Jonathan Hunter.
“Bark! (Stupid Man .u. are a disgrace to football!)” Barked a dog who watched the game.

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Lakota Customs by Veronica
  • Art - They were great artists and made different homemade crafts. They would paint wood or put beads or stick teeth on their clothes. This was very original and creative.
  • They carried tobacco and a pipe in a pipe bag. A pipe bag was as important as a man or horse going into a battle. You can almost say that it was a tradition.
  • War - Their enemies fought for specific reasons. They did not want to kill their enemy or take their land. They wanted To steal the horses of the enemy! This would be highly prized .
  • Symbols - They would be awarded with symbols of war and symbols of bravery. Unlike us, as we would get medals, certificates and trophies.
  • Spirits - They believed in spirits and how a dead person could harm you in the afterlife. They did special rites and rituals. They believed that the spirits could use their powers to benefit mankind. They did proper rituals to honour and please the spirits. Gifts and prayers would be offered to the spirits!
My Summary: I think that the different Rituals and Ceremonies are a very special yet specific thing to do. Also believing in spirits and how they could benefit mankind! This is very different from us now but I think that all the things that they did to honour and please the spirits required lots of work but it pays off. They were very creative with decorating and art & crafts

Isalen's look at Lakotan customs


This Williams message to - well find out?

Dear mother,
I am happy here and I hope you are well. We went and saw a big tournament today; there were lots of Lady’s and Lords. It was for adults really, but I and my friend’s came to watch. The knights jousted and after there was food. We didn’t eat any because we had to go home. When I’m grown up I want to be like them or even better. There was a big dinner tonight, we ate lots of food. There were swans, boars and oxen. I ate a lot and my tummy feels nice and full. I think I’ll go to bed soon. Oh, I’ve got to tell you something; there’s a new boy and I made friends with him. His name is Henry and he’s very nice.
How are Elisabeth and Emily? When is Harry coming? How are you and father? I can’t wait to see you again.
Your son,
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The Saxon Sun
Go home Vikings- you’re not wanted here! By Emily
After a near defeat, Alfred and his army have at last come out of hiding to face those treacherous Vikings who have invaded our English shores. Heads are held high after a long years wait and the axes are flying. Full tilt ahead against those dirty, rotten Vikings.
This is the Year of our Lord 877 and the blood is flowing. Wessex County has at last seen heavy losses of life from both sides and occasional equipment failure on our side, but its starting to look good for us. Alfred is a Superhero, down with the lousy Vikings.
It looks like the Vikings will crumble at the end of this battle-0 might only last another few weeks and we hope that peace will come soon. It’s been rumoured that King Alfred will build a monastery as a thank you to our Lord for having been on our side. Hail King Alfred, Hail King Alfred the Great!


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