The Native Americans, like any other civilization, needed ways to deal with sickness and injury. Now, generally, the ways that the Sioux treated injuries or sickness are classed into two categories: rational medicine, and irrational medicine.
Let’s be honest: if you investigate most conflicts throughout history, you’ll find religion following them like a shadow at midday. Newsflash! It’s no different here! And that is what makes Sioux religion so important when studying this period. With this in mind, I’ll try and link most of my explanation back to war and how the Sioux religion could influence their actions – however, their religion was peaceful, and their religion was used in day to day life, too (see ‘Dances’). This should be borne in mind.