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Below are selections from the Dubois Museum/Wind River Historical Center store including our video tape series about the Sheep Eater Indians (Mountain Shoshone), authentic replicas of Sheep Eater knives, and arrow points by Tom Lucas of Lander.

Please call for prices and availability of items.

Dubois Museum
P.O. Box 896
Dubois, Wyoming 82513
Phone: 307-455-2284


Crafts

Arrow Points

Lander artist Tom Lucas has made it his life-long mission to study the traditional arts of his Native American friends on the Wind River Reservation. A selection of Tom’s hand-crafted obsidian and chert arrow points are available in the museum gift shop.


Knives

Tom Lucas’ exquisitely crafted knives with obsidian or chert blades and handles made from elk, antelope, or deer horns vary in length from 3-10 inches. The price of the large knives varies according to the length of the blade and type of horn used for the handle.


Cow Horn Spoons

Spoons: cow horn, vary in size from approximately 5-inches to10-inches


Buffalo Horn Spoons

buffalospoon

Spoons: buffalo horn, vary in size
depending on the size of the buffalo horn


Tom Lucas is one of the few individuals who have learned to recreate the Sheep Eater’s powerful bow that was fashioned from the horns of Rocky Mountain bighorn rams. These magnificent bows were prized as the most powerful weapons available prior to the introduction of the gun and were sought after throughout the West. Tom works with the innate characteristic of each set of horns to produce a unique one-of-a-kind masterpiece. A quiver and full set of arrows accompany each bow. Materials for the quiver and arrow points will vary.

Videos

The Sheep Eaters: Masters of the Mountain
This 20-minute video describes how the Mountain Shoshone or Sheep Eater Indians survived in the high mountain country of northwest Wyoming for thousands of years. Hunting the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep was important to the Sheep Eaters’ survival. The video explores their use of v-shaped drive lines and wooden traps to capture wild bighorn sheep. It also examines the types of shelter the Sheep Eaters constructed, their use of plants, and the importance of rock art in their lives.

The Sheep Eaters II: Gifts of the Mountain
The second video in the series on Wyoming’s Sheep Eater Indians explores the remarkable ways in which these people adapted to the beautiful but demanding terrain of the Greater Yellowstone region. Archaeologists Larry Loendorf and Rich Adams visit a steatite (soapstone) quarry in the foothills of the Wind River Mountains to explain how the Sheep Eaters fashioned their prized cooking vessels from one of the region’s many steatite quarries. Wildlife consultant John Mionczynski and botanist Jan Nixon talk about some of the many uses the Sheep Eaters had for the wide variety of food sources available to them, and Shoshone elder Robert Engavo discusses ceremonial uses of these resources. At the Mummy Cave archaeological excavations outside of Cody, Bob Edgar tells us that evidence from the cave’s many years of occupation proves that the Greater Yellowstone region provided all the Sheep Eaters needed to live in harmony with the natural world.

The Sheep Eaters: Life in the Mountains
What was life like in the rugged Greater Yellowstone region for the resourceful mountain dwellers known as the Sheep Eaters? Archaeologists Larry Loendorf and Rich Adams explain how the Sheep Eaters survived in their mountain homeland. Regina Hill and Warren St. Claire of Fort Washakie show us how they made their clothes. Tom Lucas demonstrates how they packed their magnificent wolf-like dogs to carry their belongings, and Mike Garvin demonstrates Shoshone fishing techniques. Crow elder Alma Snell shows us how her people prepared and used traditional foods. Shoshone elder Star Weed recounts the story of “How Coyote Split the Basket of Fish.”

The Sheep Eaters: Archers of the Yellowstone
The Sheep Eaters of the Greater Yellowstone were known throughout the Northern Rockies for their powerful sinew-backed bows made from the horns of bighorn rams. The Sheep Eater’s horn bows were prized possession and prime trade items for these mountain-dwelling people. Lander artist Tom Lucas has succeeded in reconstructing this lost art, and he demonstrates this painstaking, time-consuming process on the final video in the Sheep Eater series.

The Sheep Eater video series was produced by the Wind River Historical Center and funded by the Kessler Fund and the Lucius Burch Center for Western Tradition. The series was designed to supplement and enrich existing standards-based educational programs and is part of the Wyoming Heritage Project, a statewide initiative to bring local and regional history into the classroom.

Through the Eyes of Tsutukowannah
This video, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, explores early Reservation life on the Wind River Reservation.

Books

Wind River Adventures-My Life in Frontier Wyoming
The memoirs of Edward J. Farlow of Lander were published as a Wyoming Council for the Humanities Centennial Project.

Walk Softly, This is God’s Country
Sixty-Six Years among Shoshone and Arapahoe Indians 1883-1949 Wind River Reservation; Letters and Journals of Reverend John Roberts
This book was published as a Wyoming Council for the Humanities Centennial Project.

Knights of the Broadax
Joan Trego-Pinkerton tells the story of the rugged Scandinavian tie hacks who cut railroad cross-ties in Wyoming’s Wind River when the railroads were still the country’s most important mode of transportation.

Growing Up With Wyoming-the Life of Fremont Miller
Fremont Miller grew up in the Upper Wind River Valley of Wyoming and joined the Air Force during World War II. He survived seventy-six hours in the icy North Sea to return home, rear a family, and later serve in the Wyoming Legislature.


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Phone: 307-455-2284


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