Shoshone Proverbs

Some people are smart but not wise.

Native American Wisdom

The Shoshone (a.k.a. Snake) used to live in the barren desert regions in what are currently the outskirts of Nevada, Idaho, Wyoming, California, and Utah. They formed small, isolated family groups that traveled and searched for food such as wild seeds, roots, fish, insects, birds, and small land animals. They also spent a lot of time singing, dancing, and telling stories.

Later, they acquired horses from the Spaniards, and became buffalo hunters. In the 1800s, the Shoshone moved to Native American reservations. Today, there are about 10,000 Shoshone, most of whom live in Wyoming, Nevada, Idaho, and Utah.