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Shoshonis: Sentinels of the Rockies

Trenholm, Virginia Cole and Carly, Maurine

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ISBN 10: 080610628X / ISBN 13: 9780806106281
Published by University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, U.S.A., 1969
Condition: Very Good
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Title: Shoshonis: Sentinels of the Rockies

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press, Norman, OK, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1969

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

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The Shoshoni Indians have never, until now, found their biographer. This long-overdue volume at last brings their history into focus. Perhaps it is the nature of the Shoshonis—“a friend, always a friend”—which has caused them to be overlooked by historians. Washakie, their great chieftain of the nineteenth century, suffered hardship, personal affront, and even loss of prestige to prove his abiding attachment to the white man.

In their original habitat, the Great Basin—in Oregon and California, across Nevada, Utah, and Idaho into Wyoming—the Shoshonis had no knowledge of warfare. They were a primitive people wandering singly or in small family groups over vast areas in quest of food. When some of their number ventured into the Rockies, they found a new way of life. While buffalo hunting, they grouped together and chose tribal leaders.

Together with the Comanches and Kiowas, for a time the Shoshonis dominated the Great Plains of Colorado and into Texas. Even after their allies had drifted southward, they fought creditably with the Sioux and the Blackfeet—that is, until their enemies acquired the gun and chased them back into the mountains.

As sentinels of the Rockies, the Shoshonis controlled the great mountain barrier, a natural fortification which they were ill-equipped to man. Consequently, their story is less one of combat and bloodshed than it is of cultural changes brought about by the force of time and white settlers.

About the Author:

Virgina Cole Trenholm (1902–1994), who received her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the University of Missouri, lived and worked on a ranch south of Glendo, Wyoming, with her husband, Bob Trenholm, for many years. She was the author of The Arapahoes, Our People, also published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

Maurine Carley received her B.A. from Colorado College and her M.A. from Columbia University. She was a long-time treasurer and guide for the Wyoming State Historical Society, which annually presents The Maurine Carley Memorial Historic Preservation Award.

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