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Shoshonean Cultural Celebration at Colter Bay

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Date: August 31, 2018
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 5-6. 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.

Wednesday, September 5
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 6
9:00 a.m.  We Shall Remain: Northwestern Shoshone – video
11:00 a.m.  From Buckskin to Beads – talk presented by Clyde Hall
1:30 p.m.  Spirit in Glass – video
3:00 p.m. Tipi Demonstration by Laine Thom

Ken Thomasma has been an educator for over 46 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. You can see many pieces from his personal collection on display at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center and the Colter Bay Visitor Center.

Last updated: August 31, 2018

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