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  The Shoshone Conversion to Mormonism
  NW Shoshone Corinne Settlement
  Harvest & Diet Homesteading
  Clothing Washakie
  Shelter Washakeie School Day
  Customs World War II
  Fur Trappers Washakie Farm Sold
  Pioneer Movement Federal Recognition

Bear River Massacre

Massacre Site Saved
  Treaty of Box Elder References
  Promontory Point  

Northwestern Shoshone & Washakie Day School

The Washakie Day School was established in 1882, just two years after settling the village of Washakie. The first teacher was James J. Chandler. Chandler taught the students nursery rhymes and simple songs, presumably to acquaint them with the English language. The students ranged in age from quite young to young adults.
In the 1920’s a new Washakie school building was built. It was an improvement over the old white church building which until this time had served as school classes. For the first time swings, slides, and other playground equipment were brought in and the younger children welcomed a sandbox. First through eight grades were now being taught in the school.
For years the Washakie Community flourished, but population began to decline with the onset of World War II and the availability of better-paying jobs elsewhere. By the early 1940’s many Shoshone had moved away from Washakie and the number of residents dwindled to the point that a school was no longer feasible. The few students remaining were bused to Fielding, Utah for school.


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