of Shoshone-Bannock Indian Art:
Continuity & Change in the Northern Rockies
Henry E. Stamm, IV, Ph.D.
Wind River History Center
by grants from the Wyoming Council for the Humanities, the Lucius Burch
Center for Western Tradition, and the Idaho Humanities Council
Like most Indian peoples, the
Eastern Shoshones of the
Wind River Reservation in Wyoming and the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes of Fort Hall
Reservation and the former Lemhi Reservation in Idaho have a long history of producing high quality art.
This website explores various aspects in the development of this artistry from the beginnings of the reservation period (1868) to the present.
and Bannock beadwork is well known on the contemporary powwow circuit, but the talents of
numerous Shoshone-Bannock artisans also includes basketry, games and toys, tools and
weapons, hide paintings, and parfleche envelopes. As in all cultures, their
art reflected their environment and the contacts they had with other
cultures. Thus, art forms, materials, colors, patterns, etc., all
changed and developed over time. This website explores these changes
and also the continuities in art and material culture. One of the
more unusual and important components of this website are three interviews with
Shoshone and Bannock elders and beaders. Their comments on the images
included in this site help to place them within a Shoshone-Bannock perspective.
All photographs © Henry E. Stamm, IV, unless otherwise