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Shoshone Customs

In early times marriages were arranged for nearly all Shoshones; spiritual leader would conduct marriage ceremonies in those days. The spiritual leader gave the couple rules to live by, among which they were counseled to be chaste and avoid breaking up their marriage. Sometimes the spiritual leader would pull hair from both the bride and groom and tie it together. The bound hair was then taken by a relative to hide. If later the couple could not get along and wanted a ‘divorce’ they would first have to find the bound hair and untie it.
Northwestern Shoshone children like all children, loved to play. Their toys were made of materials available to them such as sticks, rocks, clay, and balls made of stuffed rawhide. A skill they liked to develop was tracking. Playtime for the children was only done during short periods between fulfilling their family obligations. The children were expected to work hard and to share the family burdens. Love of children was a dominant belief of the Northwestern Shoshone and physical punishment was not highly employed. Shoshone children were taught at a young age to be hospitable. They were taught that guests were assumed to be cold, tired, or hungry, and they were to be fed. Upon departure, a guest was to be given a gift, with nothing in return. Children were taught to honor and respect their parents, grandparents, and were advised that wisdom and knowledge come with age. Teaching and storytelling fell mainly to the elderly grandparents. The oral history, legends, and customs of the tribe were passed on this way. Wintertime was storytelling time, stories were told to children with a purpose more important than just recreation. Children were taught to be good listeners and never interrupt the storyteller. Most stories included animals the Shoshone people lived around and interacted with, in fact all things in nature had a voice & story, rocks mountains, trees etc. Children were expected to stay awake during the storytelling, if a one of the children fell asleep, the storyteller stopped speaking and ended the session.
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