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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 Shoshoni language and preserve the living culture.

Defining Native Americans:
The Blood Quantum Issue

GBC Talks: “Defining Native Americans: The Blood Quantum Issue” discusses what and how “Blood Quantum” is defined, which is a very popular yet highly controversial topic amongst Native Americans. The three panelists each discuss significant factors that impact how blood quantums have transformed over time and now influence membership policies for tribes.

Panelists include Dr. Scott A. Gavorsky (History Professor, Great Basin College), Jens Camp (Research Associate, Great Basin Institute and California Trail Interpretative Center), and James Hedrick (Cultural Manager, Newe Ghani Cultural Center).


KNPR's "State of Nevada" Show Discusses SCLI

2017 Shoshone Community Language Initiative brochure coverThe Great Basin Indian Archives (GBIA) director Norm Cavanaugh recently discussed how the Shoshone Community Language Initiative (SCLI) is helping revitalize the Western Shoshoni language on KNPR's "State of Nevada" radio program. Joining Norm was the VHC's Scott Gavorsky to discuss the GBIA Elder Oral History Project.

Listen to "Saving the Western Shoshone Language," courtesy of KNPR [external link]

In addition to students from Western Shoshone communities of Nevada and Idaho, SCLI 2017 welcomed students from New Jersey, Oregon, and California.

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.

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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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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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