Program 301: The Lemhi Shoshone

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Chief Tendoy, 1800's,  Courtesy of Sacajawea's People  http://lemhi-shoshone.tripod.com/index-3.html

Chief Tendoy, 1800's, Courtesy of Sacajawea's People http://lemhi-shoshone.tripod.com/index-3.html

Historical Introduction:
Arlie Neskahi discusses the Lemhi Shoshone encounter with the Lewis and Clark Expedition and summarizes more recent history of the tribe with comments from Lemhi Shoshone tribal leader Rod Ariwite.


Elder Wisdom:

Brian Bull,  in interviews with Leo Ariwite, Rod Ariwite and Emma George, explores the determination of Lemhi Shoshone to hold onto their cultural identity despite the loss of their homeland.

Speaking Native:

Don Addison discusses the Shoshone language, part of a very large language family called Uto-Aztecan, which spans a large portion of the American west from the Oregon basin into Mexico.

Sacred Landscape:

Judy Bluehorse Skelton shares her perspective on the legend and the woman, Sacajawea, who serves as a larger than life inspiration to young women everywhere.

Tribal Rhythms:

Nico Wind discusses the Shoshone style of Circle or Ghost Dance music which has been preserved from this well-known but little understood ceremonial tradition, the Ghost Dance.

Health and Healing:

Rose High Bear introduces us to Ernest Wahtomy who has successfully met the challenge of diabetes and shares his experiences.

Artists Circle:

Bruce Crespin takes a look at some of the traditional cultural arts of the Lemhi Shoshone, who are known for their burden baskets and hand crafted bows made from the horn of the bighorn sheep.

Turtle Island Storytellers:

Rozina George tells of her great great great great aunt, Sacajawea, who was captured as a child, and then became reunited with her family when she returned to the tribe as a member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition.