American Indian Utah Tribes

Confederated Tribes of Goshute

About the Tribe

The Goshute Indians are a part of the large group of Shoshonean-speaking people that reside in the Intermountain West. The name Goshute comes from the native word Ku'tisp or Gu'tsip, which means ashes, desert or dry earth. The Great Basin area contains some of the most arid conditions on the continent, as well as one of the most varied regions in terms of climate, topography, flora and fauna. These types of conditions have shaped the Goshutes into an ever resilient and resourceful people. 

Resources about the Goshute Tribe:

The Native American Indian Literacy Project

The Native American Indian Literacy Project was the work of USOE Indian Education Specialist in 2006, Shirlee Silversmith, and a partnership between the Utah State Office of Education (currently the Utah State Board of Education) and the San Juan School District Media Center. The project included a series of books, lesson plans and histories that were created with the help of tribal elders and cultural consultants and are based on the oral traditional stories and history of their specific tribes. Funds for the original project came from the Utah State Office of Education.

The original booklets were designed for printability (Print Instructions), and have been reformatted here for digital use. A big thank you to Brenda Beyal (Dine) and Lorna Loy (Dine) for updating these lesson plans and aligning them to current core standards. This update was funded by a partnership grant from the Utah Division of State History and Utah Humanities. 


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