Gallery of Shoshone-Bannock Beadwork
is the best-known art form of Wind River and Fort Hall Shoshones and Bannocks. It is an
enduring tradition, but one that has evolved over time. Materials, styles,
colors, patterns, symbolism and other characteristics reflect the environment of
the beader at the time she or he created their work. This is as true for
modern beadworkers as it was in the 19th century. Today, beadwork
can literally adorn almost any object, including watch bands, key fobs, baseball
caps, wallets, belts, dresses, vests, sport shoes, etc. More traditional
forms, of course, include powwow regalia--beaded buckskin dresses, moccasins,
traditional pouches and teepee storage bags, leggings, etc.
This page of thumbnails is linked to some of the earliest examples of Shoshone-Bannock beadwork
found on clothing and moccasins.
Beadwork Index Page 2 provide links to
geometric designs on items such as knife sheaths, bags and pouches, pipe bags,
and other decorated items. One of the key features of early
Shoshone-Bannock beadwork is the overwhelming preference for four basic colors:
white, green, blue, and cobalt.
Beadwork Index Page 3,
the focus shifts to items bearing the transitional floral patterns from 1890-1950. One should
notice the decline "box & eye" or "boxed eye" geometic
designs that often involve the use of rectilinear motifs on solid backgrounds to
the use of floral designs. These earliest floral patterns
are abstract, while later examples become more and more realistic.
Beadwork Index Page 3
shows this change in decorated clothing items, such as moccasins, leggings, and
vests. Beadwork Index Page
4 has the links to the early floral designs in bags, pouches, and
In the post-WW
II era, the famous Shoshone Rose emerges as one of the dominant beadwork
Beadwork Index Page
introduces the post-WW II beadwork designs. Click on thumbnails to see larger image and