Western Shoshone Crafts differed from other bands. The created complex baskets and tools used for carrying water and food great distances. They did this by weaving willows, grasses, and other materials into beautiful and practical art. The Shoshone crafted bows from the horns of mountain sheep.
In Shoshone language, behne is a way to greet people and say hello in a friendly way.
The Shoshone religion is based on belief in supernatural power (boha) that is acquired primarily through vision quests and dreams.
It belongs to the Central Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family. Speakers are scattered from central Nevada to central Wyoming. The largest numbers of Shoshoni speakers live on the federally recognized Duck Valley Indian Reservation, located on the border of Nevada and Idaho; and Goshute Reservation in Utah.
Famous Shoshone People include Chief Little Soldier, Chief Pocatello, Chief Bear Hunter, Chief Washakie, and the most famous of the Shoshone, Sacagawea. They are not known for their jewelry, but Shoshone artists are famous for their beautiful beadwork, woven baskets, art and paintings, including those on tanned hides.
During the year, Shoshone bands occasionally gathered together and competed with each other in a variety of games. Their competitions included foot races, horse races, shinny, dancing, and other activities. Gambling or betting was often involved with many of the games played by the Northwestern Shoshone.
1. Shoshoni – a member of the North American Indian people (related to the Aztecs) of the southwestern United States. Shoshone. American Indian, Indian, Red Indian – a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived.
Shoshoni, also written as Shoshoni-Gosiute and Shoshone (/ʃoʊˈʃoʊni/; Shoshoni: Sosoni’ ta̲i̲kwappe, newe ta̲i̲kwappe or neme ta̲i̲kwappeh) is a Numic language of the Uto-Aztecan family, spoken in the Western United States by the Shoshone people.
The Bannock were hunter-gatherers. Men hunted deer, antelope, and small game, and caught salmon, trout and other fish in the rivers and lakes. Women gathered roots, berries, nuts, and other plants. Here is a website with more information about Native American food recipes.
There are three main traditions of the Shoshone Indians; the Vision Quest, the Power of the Shaman, and the Sun Dance. There is a great deal of focus put into the supernatural world. The Shoshone Indians believe that supernatural powers are acquired through vision quests and dreams.
What was the lifestyle and culture of the Shoshone tribe? The Shoshone tribe were originally hunters, fishers and seed gathers from the Great Basin cultural group of Native Indians who were closely related to the Northern Paiute people. The Great Basin social and cultural patterns were those of the non-horse bands.
The Shoshone, it seems, traded with everyone, including northwest and southwest tribes. Other Rocky Mountain and central Plains tribes also took goods to the Missouri River valley to trade for corn, pumpkin, squash and native-grown tobacco (Nicotiana quadrivalvis, Pursh).
Today, the Shoshone’s approximately 10,000 members primarily live on several reservations in Wyoming, Idaho, and Nevada, the largest of which is the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. The Fort Hall Reservation of the Shoshone -Bannock tribes is located in southeastern Idaho.
The Wind River Indian Reservation is located in the central-western portion of the U.S. state of Wyoming, where Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho Native American tribes currently live.
The Shoshone were the first of the northern tribes to obtain horses from the Spaniards who brought horses into the area which is now the American Southwest in the 16th century. The Shoshone traded horses with the Utes and Comanche in the early seventeen hundreds.