Western Shoshone

By Hector Aguilar

Tools and Weapons

Shoshone hunters used bows and arrows. Fishermen used spears, nets, and basket traps. In war Shoshone men fired their bows or fought with war clubs and used buffalo hide as shields.

Art and Artwork

Shoshone artists are famous for their bead work, baskets, and painting arts.


The Eastern and Northern shoshones lived in tall cone shaped buffalo hide houses known as tipis or teepees.

Clothing and Dress

Shoshone women wore long deerskin dresses with wide sleeves. Shoshone men wore breech cloths and leggings as well as buckskin shirts when the weather was cool.

Habitat and Geography

The Shoshone Indians were far-ranging people. Different bands of shoshone Indians lived in what is now Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and even parts of California.

Interesting facts at Least 3

There are lots of traditional Shoshone legends and fairy tales. Story telling is very important to the Shoshone Indian culture. Most Shoshone people speak English today. Shoshone is pronounced show-show-nee.