Classroom Resources for Native American History of the Greater Yellowstone

Wyoming’s Wind River Reservation

Topics & Essays

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The Wind River Shoshone by Henry Stamm, IV, Ph.D. Dr. Stamm is the author of People of the Wind River: The Eastern Shoshones 1825-1900 (University of Oklahoma Press: Norman. 1999) Today the Wind River Indian Reservation is home to both the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho. Glossary (PDF)
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Wind River Treaty Documents: An Introduction for Teachers and Students
The changes and accommodations in reservation boundaries are tracked in the following essay. Compiled by Henry Stamm, IV, Ph.D.

Chief Washakie - Shoshone

Chief Washakie of the Shoshone – A Photographic Essay by Henry E. Stamm, IV, Ph.D This photographic essay was originally written for the Lucius Burch Center for Western Tradition and is used here with the kind permission of Dr. Stamm.

Fig 1: Sacagawea stands with Lewis and Clark

The Imagery of Sacagawea by Dr. Brain Dippie, University of Victoria, B.C.
This essay was originally written for the Lucius Burch Center for Western Traditional and is used here with the kind permission of Dr. Dippie.
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Tim McCoy; The Real/Reel Life of a Wind River Cowboy by Ron McCoy
This essay was originally written for the Lucius Burch Center for Western Tradition and is reprinted here with the kind permission of Ron McCoy.

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Digital Resource Center: Historical Photographs

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Wind River Photo Gallery from The University of Wyoming
The following images are from the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming and are made available here as part of the “Shoshone Homelands Initiative” with funding provided by the National Park Service Tribal Heritage Foundation, the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum, and the Kemmer Family Foundation.

1. Doing chores in kitchen at the Government School - matron standing in the background

Chittim Photo Collection
The Chittim Photographic Collection was copied from the original collection of Karl Clifford Chittim of Littleton, Colorado in the late 1990s with funding from the Wyoming Council for the Humanities

Sharon Kahin, James Trosper and Prof. Ake and Hultkrantz in Stockholm - Dec 2001

Hultkrantz Photographic Collection, by Dr. Ake Hultkrantz, Professor Emeritus of Comparative Religion, University of Stockholm, SwedenThese photographs were taken by the late Dr. Ake Hultkrantz. Professor Emeritus of Shamanism and World Religions and are used here with the permission of his widow Geraldine “Gerry” Hultkrantz. The originals are at the University of Stockholm in Sweden. Many of these images were previously published by Dr. Hultkrantz in Native Religions of North American: The Power of Visions and Fertility (1987)

Digital Resource Center: Dimitri Shimkin Field Notes

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Dimitri Shimkin Field Notes, Dimitri Shimkin was a professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois (1960)  who worked on the Wind River Indian Reservation during the 1930s and early 40s. Born in Siberia in 1916, Shimkin emigrated with his family shortly after the Russian Revolution. He  received his bachelor and doctoral degrees from the University of California at Berkeley under the tutelage of Robert H. Lowie and Alfred Kroeber (1936 and 1939). Shimkin’s field notes, spiral bound notebooks collected before the advent of the tape recorder, are archived at the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming in Laramie. We have included selections from these notes that pertain to traditional life-ways of the Eastern Shoshone. As requested in Shimkin’s bequest, names of informants are identified only by initials and no personal information has been included.  

Historical Photo Exhibits

183. Shoshone girls and teacher outside Roberts Mission

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Through the Eyes of Tsutukwanah: The Reservation Shoshone – Photo Exhibit by Dr. Sharon Kahin
Photo exhibits 1 & 2 were traveling photo exhibits funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Warm Valley Historical Project (Planning and Implementation Grants, 1990-3) sponsored by the Shoshone Episcopal Mission at Fort Washakie, WY. The project was directed by Dr. Kahin and administered through the Shoshone Planning Office under Barbara Sage (Shoshone) with the backing of the Eastern Shoshone Business Council. They are shared here as part of the “Shoshone Homelands Project” funded by the National Park Service Triable Heritage Preservation Grant supported by the Eastern Shoshone Business Council (Tribal Resolution 2013-10605)


Archaeology Resources for the Classroom

An Archaeology Time Line for Jackson Hole

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The History of Native Americans in Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Whether the first humans to settle North America arrived from Asia via land bridge or boat, from Polynesia via raft to South America, or from Europe across the Atlantic, is a subject of hot debate.

The Sheep Eaters/Mountain Shoshone

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Master Engineers: A Shoshone Sheep Trap by Ron Mamot, St. Stephen’s Mission, Wind River