The Great Basin

From California To the Rocky Mountains

The Varied Environment

The Great Basin consisted of deserts, mountains, flats and plateaus. This gave the people a good amount of space to hunt for small game, snakes, rats, prairie dogs and grasshoppers, get fruits, corn, nuts, berries, grub, acorns and roots and this environment also gave them the opportunity to fish. The climate was warm which allowed people to wear loincloths, skirt and often go naked. Their homes varied from tepees and lodges in the mountains to wickiups and underground dwellings. The warm climate also gave people the resources they needed to make beautiful baskets. These people got resources from the land to make canoes, baskets and other tools made from things like grass, hide, rock and bone.