I forgot to tell y’all I was going to be gone for awhile while I help run the Shoshone/Goshute Youth Language Apprenticeship Program. The program is over now and I should probably be getting back on track. But while part of the program, we took our students to the 14th annual Shoshonean Reunion which was hosted on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation in Idaho this year. The reunion also coincided with the 50th annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival and as part of the two events, a Shoshone-Bannock fashion show was held featuring all available women who have been crowned Miss Shoshone Bannock over the last 50 years.
The following photos exhibit all the beautiful bead work and traditional styles of the Shoshone-Bannock people. A fully beaded buckskin outfit can weigh 45-50 pounds and many women dance at pow-wows and other events while wearing them. The outfits can take years to make and are usually hand made by family members or close friends of the wearer. They are also expensive so young women begin to decide what they want very early in order for their families to put the outfit together piece by piece.