Browse Exhibits (3 total)

Great Basin Indian Archives @ VHC


Great Basin Indian Archives title
Horses running through Owyhee, NV

The Great Basin Indian Archives @ VHC is a collaborative digital exhibition of Western Shoshone oral histories, language and cultural resources to help revitalize the Western Shoshone language and preserve the living culture.

Shoshone Community Language Initiative (SCLI) 2017 Graduates Twelve Students

Shoshone Community Language Initiative 2017 Graduates
Shoshone Community Language Initiative (SCLI) 2017 Graduates

The 2017 Shoshone Community Language Initiative graduated its first group of Western Shoshone students from across the United States at a graduation ceremony at the Great Basin College Theater on Friday, 4 August 2017.

The graduates from both the first year (Beginning Shoshone) and second year (Advanced Shoshone) classes were:

Beginning ShoshoneAdvanced Shoshone
Miya Banuelos Lauren Carpenter
Brianna Esaw Jade Conklin
Kameron Gonzales Da'Shalyne Esaw
Breeyanna Hooper Anthony Maggio
Terry Don Howard Princess Mason
Cristian Perez Adam Nalley

The Shoshone Community Language Initiative (SCLI) is a four-and-a-half week summer program for Shoshone high school students hosted by the Great Basin College’s Great Basin Indian Archives Program and the Western Shoshone communities of northeastern Nevada. In addition to studying the Shoshone language, students met with local Western Shoshone Elders to learn about the culture and spent weekends visting local communities and historical sites.

Semahte Wahatte man To'ainkanna (Twelve)

If you missed Semahte Wahatte man To'ainkanna (Twelve), a traditional tale of the seasons and months as performed by the 2014 SYLAP students, we are proud to present it here:

Video courtesy of the the University of Utah Shoshoni Language Project.

Event, Live Streaming, and Digital Archiving Made Possible by the Generous Support of

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Barrick Gold North America, or Great Basin College.

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Elkokoak: The Basques of Elko


Elkokoak The Basques of Elko

The Virtual Humanities Center at Great Basin College is proud to present this growing collection of materials representing northeastern Nevada's rich Basque heritage. Originally designed in conjunction with the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival "Innovation by Culture" tribute to Basque-Americans and the 2016 Elko National Basque Festival (celebrating 53 years!), the Elkokoak exhibit will be a permanent showcase of our local Basque communities.

Mountain Picassos showcases Basque arborglyphs at GBC Art Gallery

Mountain Picassos exhibit posterMountain Picassos: Basque Arborglyphs of the Great Basin is a traveling exhibit of the tree-carvings done by Basque sheepherders. Such carvings are common throughout the Great Basin and the American West, and comprise a unique artistic expression of the Basque-American heritage.

The traveling exhibit will be on display at the GBC Art Gallery, located in the Leonard Center for Student Life, through 12 October 2017. The Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am until 8:00 pm, and admission is free.

A reception will be held on Thursday, 28 September 2017, from 4:00 - 6:30 pm at the Art Gallery. Jean Earl will present a brief talk on the process of capturing and preserving the tree-carvings, beginning at 4:00 pm.

The NTI-Traveling Exhibition is co-sponsored by the Nevada Historical Society, Nevada Humanities, the Nevada Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

To learn more about Basque arborglyphs, we recommend Richard Lane's short article "Basque Tree Carvings" [click here] from our Elko Basque Articles collection.


Sandoval Proclamation Honoring Basque HeritageGov. Sandoval Proclaims 29 June 2016
Day in Honor of "Basque Heritage and Culture in Nevada"

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval has issued a proclamation naming 29 June 2016 as a day in honor of "Basque Heritage and Culture in Nevada."

The proclamation, issued 24 May 2016, cites the vital roles played by Basque communities and individuals "in shaping the growth and success of the Silver State, with recognition of the remarkable place Basque culture, history, and heritage continues to occupy in the Nevada character." The Basque community's continued celebration of its identity is also praised by Governor Sandoval.

For exhibit information, contact Scott A. Gavorsky (

The "Elkokoak: The Basques of Elko" Exhibit is a joint project of

Great Basin CollegeVirtual Humanities Center at Great Basin CollegeNortheastern Nevada Museum

This exhibit has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibit do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Howard Hickson's Histories

Howard Hickson
Howard Hickson, 1932-2015

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Howard Hickson on 2 July 2015. The Virtual Humanities Center and the entire Great Basin College community extend our sincerest sympathies to the Hickson family and friends.
Elko Daily Free Press Obituary

Howard Hickson's Histories are true stories about Northeastern Nevada's colorful past, written with wry humor and keen insight into the sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, sometimes downright eerie lives of cowboys, miners, and gamblers, villains and saints and men and women of both extremes, who've inhabited or passed through the region.

Writer, photographer, and museologist Howard Hickson was Director Emeritus of the Northeastern Nevada Museum in Elko. He came to Elko expecting to spend only one year here. Love of the area and its people kept him here, where he spent his time collecting and writing about Northeastern Nevada.

The collection is a cultural treasure that Great Basin College is privileged to make available to the world.

The VHC is currently importing Hickson's stories into our searchable database, and we present here a few of our favorites.

The complete original archive can be viewed online at

Hickson's Histories presented by GBC VHC and NEH
Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in Howard Hickson's Histories do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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