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Washakie Last Chief of the Eastern Shoshone

From his birth in the Bitterroot Mountains among the Salish Tribe, to his exploits as a warrior with the Lemhi Shoshone and Bannocks, Washakie was recognized early as an extraordinary person. But he made his historical claim to greatness in the second half of the 19th century, as chief of the Eastern Shoshone. He led the tribe in battle and in peace, and navigated the difficult negotiations with the U.S. government that eventually provided the Shoshone with a permanent homeland along the eastern slopes of the Wind River Mountains. The Documentary, funded in part by the Wyoming State Legislature, features a wealth of historical photographs and artwork, as well as aerial photography shot over the Wind River Indian Reservation. Research was conducted at the National Archives, the Smithsonian Institute and museums throughout the West.

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