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Native Market

Date(s) - 10/20/2018 - 10/21/2018
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Celebrate the rich history and culture of Great Basin Native Americans at the California Trail Interpretive Center.

The Trail Center will celebrate traditional Native American history at the annual Great Basin Native Market on Oct. 20 and 21, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This family friendly event is free and open to everyone.

Learn about the history and traditions of Great Basin Native Americans. This year’s Native Market features handmade crafts, collectibles, jewelry, and more. Native American art makes great Christmas gifts.

The event also features the exhibit, “Through Our Own Eyes:  A Native American Youth Art Exhibition.” The exhibit includes over 100 paintings by students from Owyhee Combined School, located on the Duck Valley Indian Reservation.

Whitney’s Indian Tacos will sell food and refreshments at the market. “We are excited to have traditional Shoshone games at this event,” said Jordan Thomas, a visitor guide and event coordinator. “We also want to encourage visitors to bring their families and enjoy lunch while learning more about traditional Great Basin Indian culture.”

The following is a schedule of events:

  • 20, 11:00 a.m.: Pine Needle Basket Weaving Demonstration

Leah Brady will demonstrate how to weave traditional baskets using pine needles.

  • 20, 1:00 p.m.: Traditional Shoshone Children’s Games

Learn how to play three traditional Shoshone games. Shinny is similar to field hockey. The second game, the Winnowing Tray, was a game played to teach young women how to winnow pine nuts. Children will also play the Hand Game, a traditional Native American guessing game.

  • 21, 11:00 a.m.: Willow Basket Weaving Demonstration

Leah Brady will demonstrate the traditional methods used to weave willow baskets.


  • 21, 1:00 p.m.: Traditional Shoshone Prayer Songs by Katherine Blossom

Enjoy traditional Shoshone songs. Katherine Blossom will sing and drum as she performs traditional prayer songs.