Lived History - The Wind River Virtual Museum

Shoshone Moccasins

This fan goes way back and its not known what ceremonies the fans were utilized in. Fans similar to this one are today used in ceremonies like big lodge. We call it Sundance when all our lodges come together and have a ceremony. When fans are put together today, the craftsman that puts them together has a purpose and makes wishes in the form of a prayer. He prays for the person that will utilize them. He prays for the future. The prayers may be for educational pursuits, employment or health.