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North American Tribes (Great Nuclear War)

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Across much of former America and Canada, people have reverted to old ways of life, most notably a tribal style of life.

List of Known Tribes

Great Plain

  • Coway: a group of tribes whom share a common culture, the Coways are similar to the wandering Israelites of ancient times. They have a strict Old Testament style of Christianity, having re-instated taboos on eating pork, idolatry, and other sins. The only notable exception is the taboo on drinking blood has not been removed, as it it vital to their diet, which is otherwise mostly dairy and meat from cows. They wander in covered wagon caravans, riding both horse and steer. At night, they camp encircled, though in winter, they bunker down at river banks and small cities of teepees spring up.
  • Sioux: the Lakotan peoples of South Dakota survived the war due to their rural nature, but after the war, without government assistance, the Sioux needed to subsist on their own. In order to do this, many thousands returned to the ways of their ancestors. They moved from place to place, hunting game, and herding goats and sheep. Their resurgence as a nomadic people has brought them the benefit of their culture spreading once more, with even thousands of white Dakotan and Brasky refugees assimilating into the culture. In addition, they are astute merchants, moving goods from Butte to Iowa, including coveted Canadian Jade, Butte Coal, and fine Coloradan Silk.

Michigan

  • Trolls: the Trolls are an immense tribe controlling much of the North Lower Peninsula. Trolls are known for their special headdresses, adorned with Boar's Teeth and bones. It is notable that the Trolls' masks emulate gas masks, and are filled with sweet smelling things, in order to protect from "burning air". Often rumored to be cannibals, this is unconfirmed, and Trolls are known to farm and hunt, and as such this "fact" may be false. Some claim Trolls to be inhuman, however this is largely considered false. Trolls also speak a unique dialect of English, called "Croàg".
  • Axe Nation: it is notable that Athler Chovala, an Axer himself, has stated his homeland is in fact akin to a Native American Confederacy, or the Saxon Lands of Scotland, in that the Axelands are made up of many clans, and are by no means unified. It is theorized by some that Axers are descended from National Guard units whom organized the area into the modern clan system, this theory most commonly being supported by their creation myths. Axers speak a unique dialect of English called Aksotawg.
  • Menihstei: a Michigander Band originating from Manistee National Forest whom established the port city of Muskegeon. Like many Central Michiganders they speak primarily Engels; though many adopted English when they began trading with Green Bay and Kenosha. The Menistei are known for their braided beards, as well as their curved swords, similar to the Dacian Falx.
  • Kalam People: A Southern Michigander band, the Kalam are believed to hail from the Kalamazoo region, but their raids have brought them to the edge of Aksolen, and the borders of Indiana and North Ohio. They speak primarily English, and when not raiding, trade with their civilized neighbors in furs and slag. Kalam often wear long coats and woolen underclothes. Face paint is part of their culture, for example, before battle, they will put black paint over their eyes, made from charcoal and grease. The hair of females is decorated with feathers leather strips, bits of polished glass and stone, animal bones, and elaborate braids.
    KalamNativeWarPaint
    • This former Kalam man demonstrates native war paint for the camera.


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