The Walla Walla.
Among the United States indigenous tribes are the people of the Walla Walla community. The Walla Walla people inhabited the North-western plateau where they lived along the Walla Walla River. Their name “Walla Walla” is also believed to have originated from a Sahaptin word translated into ‘many waters’ (“Walla Walla Tribe”). Some of their members believed their name symbolised a snake and others the Colombian Rivers. Geographically, the land inhabited by the Walla Walla community was the Umatilla Indian Reservation which they shared with some other tribes including the Cayuse and the Umatilla tribes (“History of CTUIR”). This reservation is believed to be around the area of Pendleton, Oregon in the United States. Of these tribes however, the Walla Walla community are known for the power they commanded around the plateau region. This document analyses the history of the Walla Walla community. It looks into their cultural heritage, music and ways of life among other issues that affected the different ways through which the community of the Walla Walla conducted their daily lives.
The Walla Walla tribesmen and women are known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle because hunting, fishing and gathering wild fruits and plants were among their economic activities. These economic activities were mainly aimed at providing food to their tables in their ancient lives before coming into contact with the Europeans. After their assimilation into some of the European culture, the people of Walla Walla increased their economic activities to also cater for the surplus that was to be exchanged amongst themselves in the trading centres built by the European settlers in their villages. Their tribe name which means “many waters” was as a result of the many rivers that run across the North-western part of the great plateau regions which was the land that was inhabited by the Walla Walla (“History of CTUIR”). Their social and economic activities were also greatly influenced by the culture of the Indians. The Indians who are believed to be the native community that initially inhabited the Great Plains influenced the way of life of the Walla Walla community by exchanging and sharing different aspects of their mode of living. A notable example is the introduction of the horses at around the 1970s before the arrival of the European settlers (“Walla Walla Tribe”). The use of horses then enable the Walla Walla hunters to travel deep into the Great Plains in search of buffalos and other wild animals for their daily bread. The buffalo hunting was also aided by the use of tepee a technique borrowed from the Native Indians. This included