Wind River Historical Center Store
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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.
P.O. Box 896
Dubois, Wyoming 82513
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
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, vary in size from approximately 5-inches to10-inches
buffalo horn, vary in size
depending on the size of the buffalo horn
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.
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
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.
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
This book was published as a Wyoming Council for the Humanities
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.
Please call to inquire about prices and availability. Thank you.