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The Shoshoni tribes date back for hundreds of years and had remained untouched until Lewis and Clark , whose way of life would be forever changed after the Lewis and Clark Expedition. There are several different names for Shoshoni tribes including the Lemhi Shoshone and the Shoshone- Bannock. The tribes were located west of the Rocky mountains in such the plains of Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyomig, and Montana. All of the Shoshoni tribes were located in the Great Plains and were divided into two major tribes: the northern and the western. The tribes lived a simple, untouched life as hunters in the plains. They hunted small animals and gathered plant roots and berries to eat. Their homes usually consisted of branches, animal hides, or poles. The Shoshoni had lived a quiet, peaceful life that had remained untouched.

The Shoshoni had a relatively difficult time living in the Great Plan.

One of the major stuggles was finding food for the tribe. It is said that they tried to hunt buffalo, deer, and elk although it was hard to come by( When they did sucessfully capture large game, they usually trade it in order to acquire nesecary items from other tribes.

Trade also existed betweeen the Shoshoni and the Spanish for most of the 1800s and various types of goods were involved( The Spanish always refused to give the Shoshoni guns of any type even though the tribe needed them for protection. Guns and firearms were one of the things that the Shoshoni could not get their hands on until later. Firearms were needed by the Shoshoni for protection as well as for hunting larger game.

Until they acquired firearms, they were able to obtain the use of horses sometime in the 1700 hundreds. Horses allowed the Shoshoni to hunt larger...