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Native American Warrior


Native American Warrior
Check out the key kit as carried by a fighter from the Dakota Sioux tribe
Despite being lightly armoured, Native American warriors were fierce combatants, well-trained in both hand-to-hand and ranged combat. Armed with a selection of bows, spears, swords, daggers, axes and even – in the later decades of the 19th century – guns, Westerners coming to claim the Indians’ land were in for a shock.

Indeed, despite their superior fi repower, armour and resources, British and American armies often found themselves outmanoeuvred and outfought, with the Native American warriors’ expert horsemanship skills allowing them to strike quickly and with deadly precision, taking out large swathes of the invading forces before retreating to the safety granted by their knowledge of the territory.
Both the Native Americans’ excellent combat skills and innovative use of terrain in battle tactics meant that it took the British and then Americans over 150 years to evict all of the Native American tribes in North America onto the reservations that many of their descendants inhabit today. And they did so at great cost, with thousands of soldiers being cut down by their fierce and agile opposition right up until the turn of the 20th century.

Native American Warrior, Check out the key kit as carried by a fighter from the Dakota Sioux tribe