Shoshonean Cultural Celebration at Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park

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Date: September 7, 2016
Contact: Denise Germann, 307 739 3393

A tribute to Shoshonean history and culture will take place at the Colter Bay Visitor Center in Grand Teton National Park on September 6-8.The Shoshonean peoples of the Eastern Great Basin and Western Plains hunted seasonally in what is now Grand Teton National Park and left behind a sizeable archeological record. Their modern-day descendants still live in the region and have maintained their languages and cultural practices. Cultural speakers and exhibits of traditional and modern Shoshonean arts will explain the present-day influence of Shoshone peoples. The following programs will take place at the Colter Bay Visitor Center and are free and open to the public.

Tuesday, September 6

9:00 a.m.We Shall Remain:Northwestern Shoshone - video

1:00 p.m.We Shall Remain:Goshute - video

Wednesday, September 7

9:00 a.m.Tipi Demo

10:00 a.m.On the Trail of the Mountain Shoshone Sheep Eaters: A Rocky Mountain High Altitude Archaeological Odyssey - talk presented by Tory Taylor

1:00 p.m.We Shall Remain:Goshute - video

3:00 p.m.The Truth about Sacajawea- talk presented by Ken Thomasma

Thursday, September 8

9:00 a.m.We Shall Remain: Northwestern Shoshone - video

11:00 a.m.From Buckskin to Beads - talk by Clyde Hall,Shoshone tribal member from Fort Hall, Idaho

1:30 p.m.Shoshone People of the Great Basin –talk presented by Laine Thom

3:00 p.m.Journey From the Past to the Present:Shoshonean People and Neighboring Tribes in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem - talk presented by Laine Thom

Ken Thomasma has been an educator for over 44 years and is the three-time winner of the Wyoming State Children's Book Award.Thomasma is the author of several books about remarkable Indian children, and regularly captivates audiences with his wealth of historical knowledge.

Tory Taylor, from Dubois, Wyoming, is a dedicated outdoorsman and wildlife conservationist who has guided, outfitted, and led courses for the National Outdoor Leadership School.Taylor has explored the Wind Rivers by foot and horseback for the past 40 years.

Clyde Hall is a Shoshone-Metis elder and resides at Fort Hall, Idaho.Hall shares his cultural art through demonstrations and exhibits across the country;his work can be found in a multitude of museums, universities and national institutions.

Laine Thom has served as a seasonal park ranger in the park and has been a devoted caretaker and interpreter of the park's David T. Vernon Indian Art collection. Thom is also an accomplished artist and collector of Indian arts, as well as a Sun Dance leader and speaker at cultural gatherings.


Last updated: September 8, 2016

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