Western Shoshone Oral Histories

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Western Shoshone Oral Histories


Oral histories of Western Shoshone elders collected by the Great Basin Indian Archive.


Oral histories compiled


Great Basin Indian Archive, in partnership with Barrick Gold of North America


GBIA Oral History Collections


Great Basin Indian Archive



Collection Items

Oral History: Clara Woodson and Gracie Begay
Clara Woodson (Battle Mountain, NV) and Gracie Begay (Austin, NV), both Western Shoshone, explain their early lives, what life was like when they were younger, and different parts of their family background. They both talk about different stories…

Oral History - Naomi Mason(04/23/2014)
Naomi Mason was born in 1929 and is currently a member of the Duck Valley Reservation. Naomi begins her oral history by speaking of her mother and father’s lives, and how they belong to the Dosa Wihi (White Knife) clan. She speaks of the Carlin Farm…

Delaine Stark Spilsbury - Oral History (05/28/2014)
Delaine Stark Spilsbury is a Western Shoshone, or as she says a Great Basin Shoshone, from Ely, Nevada. She was born in Ely, Nevada during the depression, and attended school there as well as Las Vegas. Delaine speaks about her ancestors and how the…

Laura Stark Rainey - Oral History (05/28/2014)
Laura Stark Rainey is a Western Shoshone from the Ely Shoshone Tribe part of the Western Shoshone Nation. Laura took us on a tour of the Cave Lake State Park and surrounding areas describing the hunting and gathering practices of the Western…

Oral History - Ellison Jackson
Ellison Jackson of Owyhee, NV discusses his early years of childhood in Owyhee and stories of his grandfather. Interviewed by Norm Cavanaugh and Joe Doucette, 27 January 2006, in Owyhee, NV View Oral History video in separate page if above player…

Oral History - Evelyn Temoke-Roché (08/22/2006)
Evelyn Temoke-Roche begins by telling us the history of the Temoak people of the Wattadicca (Rice-eaters). She speaks of the 1863 Ruby Valley Treaty and the implications and events surrounding it including the land claims. Evelyn also describes the…

Delaine Stark Spilsbury and Laura Stark Rainey - Oral History (05/28/2014)
Delaine Spark Spilsbury and Laura Star Rainey are both Great Basin Shoshone from Ely, Nevada, part of the Western Shoshone. They began this oral history by speaking of their experiences going to grammar and high school as well as growing up during…

Ellison Jackson - Oral History (08/27/2014)
Ellison Jackson relates various stories in Shoshone. Interviewed by Norm Cavanaugh in Owyhee, NV View Oral History in separate page if above player not working. Transcript pending

Oral History - Evelyn Temoke-Roché (09/15/2014)
Evelyn Temoke-Roche is a member of the Te-Moak tribe of Western Shoshone. She begins by discussing the land of her ancestors around Harrison Pass and Ruby Valley, and how they were known as the Wadda dikka clan (rice-eaters). She goes on to speak…

Gracie Begay - Oral history (06/27/2014)
Gracie Begay is a member of the Western Shoshone Te-Moak tribe in Wells, Nevada. She was seventy-eight when this video was recorded. Gracie speaks of her great-great-grandfather Captain Joe Gilbert and the people from Austin and Reese River (Yomba)…
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