The Shoshone Language Reunion: coming together to preserve the Native Culture

The 17th Annual Shoshonean-Numic Language Reunion started with check-in beginning at noon on Sunday. There were 1,363 individuals pre-registered for this event and more than a 1,000 of those registered were able to make it. Held annually for the Shoshone Communities, this year’s reunion was held in Fort Washakie days before the World’s Largest Pow-wow at the Fort Washakie Pow-wow Grounds. [image: 8eb6daf4-4bac-484b-9015-8d19ade25020.png] The Eastern Shoshone Tribe welcomed all reunion participants from all bands across the country, including Oklahoma, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Wyoming. The reunion had different workshops on both Monday, the 20th, and Tuesday, the 21st. The workshops ranged in the areas of Language Preservation, Basket Weaving, Reservation History, Grand-parenting, Bighorn Bow Demonstration, and even Medicinal Plant use. [image: 70ae2de3-c07c-4357-8d18-ec09dab96580.png] Some of the presenters included Medicinal Plant teacher Darlene Graham, Western Shoshone Basket Weaver Leah Brady, BigHorn Bow Maker Thomas Lucas, not to forget the many others. The Reunion Committee encouraged all those in attendance to renew old friendships or even make new friendships to last for a lifetime. [image: 8f8995f1-2d37-4f66-9092-2e05b255e4a9.png] Walking around mingling with everybody, I took a few pictures, and made friends with some of the great vendors. [image: 20e38cd2-cc3d-4082-a810-a27009ee316a.png] Everything from dream catchers, to handmade Indian dolls, to time crafted, amazing beadwork with different styles of the many Native tribes could be found there. [image: 51782137-3c0a-4619-a379-56416ac2b4f5.png] Months and months of planning went into the presentations, the food, and even the setup of the Reunion. Two of the food preparers, Violet Lajuenesse and her sister Bernadette Oberly said, “We worked hard this year.” [image: d764023e-7223-4b51-b667-c0a8936a91ac.png] A great event for the Native Community with cherished memories, great laughs, good food, and many social and educational activities to help keep the cultures alive. With even a Native Fashion show to take place later this evening at 6:30 p.m., a parade of Tribal flags, tomorrow at 10 a.m., and traditional Native Games and Contest held all afternoon Wednesday, further information could be obtained from the offices of the Eastern Shoshone Business Council at (307) 332-3532/4932. [image: b125da58-8136-45c5-856b-3036faa90ef2.png] #perez #county10 #news