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Native American Artifacts


Long before tourists pulled travel trailers into Jackson Hole, Native American families pulled their travois into the valley in search of abundant fishing, hunting, and plant resources.  As the tribes evolved and their culture changed with the arrival of European influences, they remained nomadic in this part of the country.  The Northern Cheyenne, Northern Arapahoe, Shoshone, Bannock, Blackfoot, Gros Ventre, Crow, and their people, culture, and customs are still a vibrant part of the region today.


The reason why we know so much about Native American Indians is because of two things: storytelling and record of events passed from generation to generation and the discovery of Indian artifacts.  Artifacts are so important to our society today because the study of them allows us to understand how our ancestors lived.  What kind of clothes did they wear?  What food did they eat?  What were their religious beliefs?  So many questions have been answered thanks to the discovery of Indian artifacts.


Over his lifetime, David T. Vernon collected an impressive variety of American Indian Artifacts. His collection was purchased by the Jackson Hole Preserve, Incorporated - a Rockefeller Family foundation dedicated to conservation of cultural and natural resources.  Jackson Lake Lodge through its history with the Rockefeller legacy is proud to display a portion of that collection.  Artifacts cover a range of Katsina and beaded dolls, bag and belt beadwork, jar and bowl pottery, woven textile rugs, bowl and tray basketry, and arrowhead and spear points.


Indian artifacts are like a piece of a jigsaw puzzle and provide us a window into our past. By putting those puzzle pieces together; you will have a better overall picture of how life might have been for the Native American Indians.  Take a look back in history and appreciate the mastery of our earliest visitors by visiting our Native American Artifacts collection.




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