The Plains Indians are the indigenous peoples who live on the Great Plains of North America. Plains Indians are usually divided into two broad classifications which overlap to some degree.
The first group was fully nomadic, following the vast herds of buffalo. Some tribes occasionally engaged in agriculture; growing primarily tobacco and corn. These included the Blackfoot, Arapaho, Assiniboine, Cheyenne, Comanche, Crow, Gros Ventre, Kiowa, Lakota, Lipan, Plains Apache (or Kiowa Apache), Plains Cree, Plains Ojibwe, Sarsi, Shoshone, Stoney, and Tonkawa.
The second group of Plains Indians (sometimes referred to as Prairie Indians) was the semi-sedentary tribes who, in addition to hunting buffalo, lived in villages and raised crops.
These included the Arikara, Hidatsa, Iowa, Kaw (or Kansa), Kitsai, Mandan, Missouria, Nez Perce, Omaha, Osage, Otoe, Pawnee, Ponca, Quapaw, Santee, Wichita, and Yankton.
The art of the Plain Indians include clothing and textiles, headdresses, moccasins, tools, weaponry, children’s toys, beadwork, and blankets.