Almost without effort, the image conjures up full-blown narratives of buffalo hunts and mounted warfare.
Make the "he" into a young woman and imagine romantic tragedies of forced marriage and unrequited love.
Evidence from the Agate Basin site in eastern Wyoming, for example, indicates that humans lived in the Plains at least as early as 8500 B. Radiocarbon dating of material from the Lewisville site near Dallas, Texas, suggests Indians and their precursors may have been in the Plains for at least 38,000 years.
Along with the bison, Indian hunters' prey included deer, elk, and other smaller game.
These villages generally ranged in size from ten to ninety lodges and were built from bracing poles and packed earthen cover.
Between spring planting and fall harvest, the villagers probably left the river's bottomland to hunt bison.
"Star charts" suggest that the Lakota Sioux have associated parts of the Black Hills in South Dakota with astrometrical phenomena since ancient times.
Some scholars assert that the Sioux peoples originated in the Great Lakes region and only began moving onto the Plains in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.