ERIC Number: ED248077
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
Reference Count: 0
Life Stories of Our Native People: Shoshone, Paiute, Washo.
Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Reno.
Among the native peoples who occupied the western Great Basin were a great many outstanding personalities. Various types of leaders, referred to as "headmen" or "talkers," as well as medicine men, religious leaders, and artists, played very significant roles in the history of this area. The social organization of the Western Shoshone, the Northern Paiute, the Southern Paiute, and the Washo was influenced, to a large degree, by the environment which made it unnecessary and impractical, if not impossible, to restrict the positions of leadership to a few "select" people. Therefore, it is important to point out that these people were organized according to the extended family or kinship groups, and chose their leadership upon that basis, as the need arose. People who held positions of leadership and respect were chosen according to their personal merits, not through any formal system. A small number (37) of the many great Indian people who lived their lives in, and contributed to, the historical development of the Great Basin are recognized in this booklet, which may be used as a supplement to a history class. (ERB)
Descriptors: American Indian Culture, American Indian History, American Indians, Biographies, Elementary Secondary Education, Extended Family, Leadership, Leadership Qualities, Leadership Responsibility, Religion, Supplementary Reading Materials, Tribes
Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, P.O. Box 7440, Reno, NV 89510.
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada, Reno.
Identifiers: Great Basin; Northern Paiute (Tribe); Washo (Tribe); Western Shoshone (Tribe)