Wind River Education


What are the futures of the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes? How will the tribes retain their culture and tradition while preparing to move into the future?
 

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Shoshone Drum

A drum like this is made from thinned deer hide or rawhide. It is fancy and has lacing which was placed on the drum when wet. This drum has a bird on it that could be a crane with a snake in its mouth. There are two basic colors: sky colors and grass colors. Everything on this drum seems to talk about life as described by the bird and the florals in front.

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Arapaho Drum

The drum is the heartbeat of the Arapaho Tribe. The drum represents thunder and the drumsticks represent lighting. Our old people would make songs for the family. If some person was going to war, the would make songs. Traditionally women wore blankets or a shawl. The drums were for singers to use. When a woman took off her shawl, they would sing a song for a style of dance. But it has changed. Now, it's the other way around and the women put on their shawls. Today we call it round dance, participation dance, or social friendship to get everybody together. The drum was very important and was considered sacred. It still is.

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Shoshone Buffalo Return

Since 1885 the Shoshone people have been without buffalo on their land. After decades of effort beginning in the 1990’s a coalition of individuals and organizations have taken the first step in returning the North American Bison to their native lands. Nowhere is this action more culturally and ecologically significant than on the Wind River Indian Reservation in central Wyoming.

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Lived History – the Story of the Wind River Virtual Museum

Over the years, pipes, cradle boards, parfleches, and other ancestral artifacts from the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming have accumulated in museums, far from their place of origin. 'LIVED HISTORY' documents the creation of a high definition video 'virtual museum' of ancestral artifacts, currently stored in museum collections, for the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes.

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Major funding for the Wind River Education Project was provided by the Wyoming Legislature. Additional funding was provided by the Matthew & Virgie Dragicevich Wyoming Foundation Trust. © 2016-18 KCWC-TV/WyomingPBS

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If your school blocks YouTube, you can access the Wind River modules here.