Introduction - (OSL-Anna)


This is some information about the Shoshone.

*What does Shoshone mean?
Nobody knows where this word came from or what it meant. In their own language, the Shoshones call themselves Newe (pronounced nuh-wuh) which means "people."
*Where do the Shoshone live?
The Shoshone Indians were far-ranging people. Different bands of Shoshone Indians lived in what are now Idaho,Nevada, Wyoming,Utah, and even parts of California. Most Shoshone people still live in these areas today.
*What language do the Shoshones speak?
More then a thousand Shoshone also speak their native Shoshone Language. If you’d like to know a few easy Shoshone words, “behne” (pronounced similar to buh-nuh) is a friendly greeting, and “aishen” (pronounced similar to eh-shun) means “thank you”.These words come from a dialect of Shoshone spoken in Indaho.
Shoshone Symbol
Shoshone Symbol






Habitat/Homes - (SLL-AshleyG)


Wigwams are used for the Shoshone tribe, but also others. Wigwams are round or cone-shaped houses made of buffalo hides and/or bark. Their tribe moved frequently so they design homes to build and take down easliy, sort of like a tent today.
Houses used most for the Shoshone tribe was a teepee though some lived in brushwood or wigwams. The women were the people always was in charge or the boss of the house and own it.

Did you know that theres 15 poles on a teepee and also have a special meaning?
  • Respect-to feel or show regard for
  • Humility-an act of showing respect
  • Happiness-a condition of being cheerful
  • Love-an expression of ones feelings
  • Faith-a set of beliefs
  • Kinship-a connection by blood
  • Cleanliness-the condition of being clean
  • Thankfulness-being grateful
  • Sharing-an act of participating
  • Strength-the state of being physically strong
  • Good Child Rearing-taking good care of a child
  • Hope-to wish for something
  • Ultimate Protection-the act of defending
    This is what a teepee might have looked like.
    This is what a teepee might have looked like.
  • Control Flaps-act as a chimney of a teepee
  • Obedience-the act of obeying

The Shoshone tribe lived in the upper great plains that have tall grasses.

The climate for the Shoshone tribe is hot in the summers but cold in the winter just like here. They keep warm in the winters by a fire in their wigwam or teepee.







shoshone women
shoshone women
moccasins
moccasins
shoshone women
shoshone women

Dress - (SLL-ColeK)


The Shoshone tribe women wear deerskin dresses and mokisons .
The Shoshone tribe men and women would wear deer skin leggings.
The Shoshone women would do very delegate beautiful bead work.
Their jewely would use deer. Shoshone women would wear long deer skin dresses with wide sleeves.They also wore basket hats . The men would wear breech cloths and leggings as well, buckskin shirts. They would also wear breads with rapped fur around their braids.They both would wear face paint on speical occasions. and rabbit skin they would have flowers or animals on their clothing.


Food - (SLL-ColeK)


buffalo
buffalo
deer
deer
moantin goat
moantin goat

salmon
salmon













The shoshone men were big hunters they worked together to hunt buffalo on the plains they also hunted deer,moantin sheep,and other animals. They occasionally hunted buffalo, but they mostly survive on salmon fishing.The western shoshone tribe would gather seeds and roots also they would mostly a plant based diet.That includes pine nuts,roots,and seeds they also hunted antelopes and rabbit.


Customs - (SLL-AshleyG)


What do the Shoshone families do.
Shoshone children do most of the things we do today like they play with their family and friends. They go to school and do chores. A lot of Shoshone children fish or go hunting with their dad. They also had less time to play and had to do much more work then.Though they did have dolls, toys, and some games. They aslo liked foot tracing. The girls and women played ball called shinny. Shoshone moms usually carried babies on their backs in a cradleboard.
This is a doll girls played with
This is a doll girls played with


The roles of a mother.
Shoshone women played the roll of being in charge of the teepee or wigwam. They cooked, cleaned, and built the house. They dragged the real heavy poles from their house place to place.

The roles of a father.
Shoshone men played the roll of being hunters and warriors for their tribe. The men are also responsible for feeding and defending their families. The men were the only people to become Shoshone chiefs, though both men and women took part in story telling, artwork, music, and the traditional medicine.

Legends and/or myths.
Here is a little legend or myth from"Coyote Kills Wolf's Wives." It goes a little like this:

Coyote hunted rabbits with the Indians. Coyote's brother, Wolf, had a wife. Coyote and Wolf hunted. When they returned home they found mush in baskets for them. Wolf's wife had left it for them, but Coyote could not see her. Coyote said, "What, is the matter? Where is my brother's wife?"

If you would like to read on go to (click to the right) COYOTE KILLS WOLF'S WIVES .
Religions and ceremonies.

The basis of their religion is a belief of dreams, visions, and a creator. Their ceremonies are dances close to the Great Basin Round Dance, the Scalp Dance, the Sun Dance, and the Ghost Dance





Tool and Weapons - (OSL-Anna)


The Shoshone hunters used bows and arrows to hunt. When they hunted antelope and rabbits, they would surround the animals and herd them into the nets to kill them. The Shonshone used snares and spring-traps, and pitfalls to trap animals.They used wooden and horn-bow and arrows to kill larger animals.Their arrows were made of obsidian. Shoshone fisherman used spears, nets, and basket traps. In war Shoshone used bows or fought with clubs and buffalo-hide shields. There transportation was dog-pulling travois to help carry their belongings.
Dog - Pulling Travois
Dog - Pulling Travois
Obsidian Arrowheads
Obsidian Arrowheads



Miscellaneous Facts - (all group members)


This is Sacajawea.
This is Sacajawea.

Sacajawea is a Shoshone indian.