Traditionally, the Washoe were fishers, hunters of small mammals, and gatherers of pine nuts, acorns, and various roots and berries. They depended on deer and antelope for food, for clothing, and for hides to cover their cone-shaped dwellings. They were especially noted for their superb basketry.
The Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California are a federally recognized tribe of Washoe Indians, living in California and Nevada. They are several communities south and east of Lake Tahoe united under a tribal council. The tribe owns over 64,300 acres (26,000 ha) in different parcels.
The people known as the Washoe have long lived on the eastern face of the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California and Nevada and at the far edge of the western Great Basin.
An indigenous Native American people, the Washoe originally lived around Lake Tahoe and adjacent areas of the Great Basin. Their tribe name derives from the Washoe word, waashiw (wa·šiw), meaning “people from here.”
Though there are variances in beliefs, roles, and duties in Native American tribal life, in general the Native spiritual leader is called a shaman.
Tahoe. as a boys’ name is of Native American Indian origin, and the meaning of Tahoe is “big water”.
Tahoe is a Native American name and literally means ‘big water’. Lake Tahoe in Nevada, United States, gets its name from the mispronunciation of the Washo ( Native American tribe) word, ‘da’aw’, which means ‘lake’.
These grass houses consisted of cone-shaped huts that were built using a frame of willow boughs and covered with reeds, branches and grass. The Washoe grass house was rounded at the base and at the top of the dome was an open smoke hole. Rocks were piled around the base of the grass house for added insulation.
Wa She Shu means “The People’s Place”.
Unlike other Nevada tribes whose native language is a form of Uto-Aztecan, the Washoe’s native tongue is a Hokan -type language. The word Tahoe is a mispronunciation of the Washoe word for “the lake” (Da ow).
Prevailing theories suggest that Native Americans are descended from a group of East Asians who crossed the Bering Sea via a land bridge perhaps 16,500 years ago, though some sites may evidence an earlier arrival. (See “Siberian, Native American Languages Linked—A First .”)
The name means “snow-covered” in Spanish, referring to Nevada’s small overlap with the Sierra Nevada mountain range; however, the rest of Nevada is largely desert and semi-arid, much of it within the Great Basin. American Indians of the Paiute, Shoshone, and Washoe tribes inhabited what is now Nevada.
The Northern Paiute people are a Numic tribe that has traditionally lived in the Great Basin region of the United States in what is now eastern California, western Nevada, and southeast Oregon. The Northern Paiutes ‘ pre-contact lifestyle was well adapted to the harsh desert environment in which they lived.
The land where the Washoe people lived was a mix of the Sierra Nevada’s high mountains, low valleys and dry meadows. Because of the dry climate, fewer plants and animals populated the area than that of neighboring regions.