Kickapoo Nation Case Study

How did many individuals of the Kickapoo Nation, who originally lived in what is now Indiana, end up living in Mexico? These sources allow you to further investigate this story of American Indian removal.

Kickapoo winter homes. Members of the Kickapoo Nation lived in these kinds of homes long before their removal. Even though they eventually lived in more modern houses, it has been important to the Kickapoo Nation to keep building their traditional homes.

Be the Anthropologist

What can these images of winter homes tell you about Kickapoo removal?

  1. Read the captions of the two images. How many years apart were they taken?
  2. What does the photo on the right tell you about the success that the Kickapoo Nation had in continuing their culture to the present?
  3. Challenge Question
  4. Why would the Kickapoo Nation continue to build homes in the same way so far away from their original homelands?
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Kickapoo men standing in front of a winter lodge

Kickapoo men standing in front of a winter lodge, 1910. Coahuila, Mexico. Photo by Mark Raymond Harrington. (P01824)

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Construction of a traditional Kickapoo winter home

Construction of a traditional Kickapoo winter home, 2005. Coahuila, Mexico. Photo by Fernando Rosales; courtesy of the photographer.

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