Nevada Native Culture
Nevada Native Culture


The people native to the landscape that would come to be called Nevada have occupied this land for thousands of years. It can be a harsh and unforgiving home. Sustaining life was not easy. The native people, however, found ways to survive and thrive. They hunted and they gathered; they understood the land. They developed distinct lifeways that varied with the territory they occupied. Euro American contact disrupted native land and culture, but they preserved and adapted. The Paiute, Washoe and Shoshone peoples are an important part of both Nevada’s history and present. This exhibit reflects some of the diversity of native culture – the preservation and adaptation that has been necessary over time.

We would like to thank the following individuals for their work on our project and physical exhibit:

Ralph Burns

Ben and John Rupert

Heather Domschot

Naomi Moran

Brennan Paterson

Samantha Throgmorton

Christine Johnson at the Nevada Historical Society

Chris Gibbons and Sherry Rupert at the Nevada Indian Commission

Billie Jean Gurrero and Ben Aleck at the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Museum and Visitor Center

Sharon McCloskey

UNR Special Collections

Carolyn White