Northern Shoshone and Bannock - Settlements



Both groups were seminomadic, ranging over fairly large Territories in the warmer months, but returning to protected Winter quarters. The major foci of population were the upper Snake River valley in the general region surrounding Fort Hall, the Lemhi River valley, the Sawtooth range, the Boise, Payette, and Weiser River valleys, and the valley of the Bruneau River. The Fort Hall and Lemhi peoples originally lived in tipis, first of hide and later built of canvas. Through the rest of the area, the standard summer dwelling was a small conical lodge or tipi made of sagebrush, grass, or woven willow branches. Small versions of these were used as menstrual huts and sweat houses. Today, they live in typical mainstream society wooden houses and bungalows.


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