Below are selections from the Dubois Museum store including our DVD series about the Sheep Eater
Indians (Mountain Shoshone), authentic replicas of Sheep Eater
knives, and arrow points by Tom Lucas of Lander. Currently we
cannot accept online orders, but we do accept credit cards*.
Tom Lucas has made it his life-long mission to study the
traditional arts of his Native American friends on the Wind
River Reservation. A selection of Tom’s hand-crafted
obsidian and chert arrow points are available in the museum
gift shop. Please contact the museum for pricing and size availability.
exquisitely crafted knives with obsidian or chert blades
and handles made from elk, antelope, or deer horns vary
in length from 3-10 inches. The price of the large knives
varies according to the length of the blade and type of
horn used for the handle.
Please contact the museum for pricing and size availability.
Sheep Eater’s Bow Replica
Lucas is one of the few individuals who have learned to
recreate the Sheep Eater’s powerful bow that was fashioned
from the horns of Rocky Mountain bighorn rams. These magnificent
bows were prized as the most powerful weapons available
prior to the
introduction of the gun and were sought after throughout
the West. Tom works with the innate characteristic of each
set of horns to produce a unique one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
A quiver and full set of arrows accompany each bow. Materials
for the quiver and arrow points will vary. These are special
order items available only through the artist. Phone at
307-330-7436 (cell) or 307-335-9384 (home). Email email@example.com
Brotherhood of the Broadax
This 45-minute DVD produced by Wyoming Public Television tells the story of the men and women who came from across the ocean to the Wyoming wilderness to work in the largest railroad crosstie operation in the country. They built a community as well, with families, schools, and Christmas dances. The DVD includes excerpts of actual film footage of one of the last Wind River tie drives.
Wind River Tie Drive
This 35-minute film of the last tie drive was produced by the U.S. Forest Service and documents the extraordinary effort that brought nearly ten million crossties out of the forests and into service for the nation's railroads. It tells of the creation of ties by hand and the gradual change to mechanized production and transport. It reveals the impact of World War II on the logging industry, with German prisoners of war from the local camp providing much of the labor on the last drive.
The Sheep Eaters I: Masters of the Mountain
This 20-minute DVD describes how the Mountain Shoshone or Sheep Eater Indians survived in the high mountain country of northwest Wyoming for thousands of years.
The Sheep Eaters II: Gifts of the Mountain
The second film in the series on Wyoming's Sheep Eater Indians explores the remarkable ways in which these people adapted to the beautiful but demanding terrain of the Greater Yellowstone region. 25 minutes.
The Sheep Eaters III: Life in the Mountains
This 32 minute film shows us how the resourceful mountain dwellers known as the Sheep Eaters made their clothes and packed their wolf-like dogs to carry their belongings, how they prepared and used traditional foods, and how they executed their fishing techniques.
The Sheep Eaters IV: Archers of the Yellowstone
The Sheep Eaters of the Greater Yellowstone region were known throughout the Northern Rockies for their powerful sinew-backed bows made from the horns of bighorn rams. Lander artist Tom Lucas demonstrates this painstaking, time-consuming process on the 23 minute final video in the Sheep Eater series.
Mountain Spirit: The Sheep Eater Indians of Yellowstone
Presents a vivid picture of the way of life of the Shoshone group called Tukudika, or Sheep Eaters, who maintained a rich and abundant way of life closely related to their primary source of protein, the Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. A talented, robust people who made well-constructed shelters, powerful horn bows, and expertly tailored clothing, the Sheep Eaters moved seasonally through portions of the Beartooth, Absaroka and Wind River ranges, making skillful use of their environment.
Ancient Visions: Petroglyphs and Pictographs of the Wind River and Big Horn Country, Wyoming and Montana
The Bighorn and Wind River Basins of north-central Wyoming and southern Montana have been home to Native American tribes for at least 11,000 years and contain some of the most diverse hunter-gatherer rock art in the world. Ancient Visions presents a sampling of these figures and offers compelling evidence that highly complex belief systems and religious experience form the context for the majority of the rock art in the region.
Knights of the Broadax
Joan Trego-Pinkerton tells the story of the rugged Scandinavian
tie hacks who cut railroad cross-ties in Wyoming’s Wind
River when the railroads were still the country’s most important
mode of transportation.
Dubois and the Wind River Valley
Part of Arcadia Publishing's Images of America series, this book provides a photographic celebration of the homesteading and development of the Upper Wind River Valley and the community of Dubois. Included are the founding of "Little Scotland," the growth of dude ranching and the tie hack industry, and the U. S. Forest Service's work on the Shoshone National Forest.
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