Wind River Indian Reservation

Spring 2021

“wind river indian reservation”

taylor marshall

The Wind River Indian reservation is the seventh largest in the United States and houses the Eastern Shoshone and Northern Arapaho tribes. The Shoshone tribe have existed for twelve thousand years, solidifying cherished traditions such as the Vision Quest, the Power of the Shaman, and the Sun Dance. These traditions honor their belief in supernatural powers. The Shoshone worship nature as well, as they are hunter-gatherers who find food by wandering their environment.

Sacagawea is the most iconic Shoshone for leading Lewis and Clark on an expedition to the Pacific Coast. The peaceful relationship between the Native Americans and the settlers did not last and the Shoshone were pushed out of their home in 1905. They now call the 2.2 million acre Wind River Indian Reservation their home, where they continue to practice their cultural traditions.

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