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People & Life Ways
Riches, Ranching & Railroads

Impact on Native Americans

When certain groups of Paiutes and Shoshones encountered explorers and emigrants, they welcomed them as returning kinsmen described in ancient stories.  These reunions, however, were unfavorable for the Native Americans, and an early pattern of the Indians avoiding Euro-Americans developed.  But by the 1860s, Native Americans were losing access to important hunting and gathering areas because of farms, ranches, mines, and towns.  The Indians were forced to either move onto reservations, work for the Euro-Americans on farms and ranches, live and work in the towns, or move farther away from settlements and attempt to live off the land, but in unfamiliar territories.
Gene Hattori, Curator of Anthropology,
Nevada State Museum


 Reader: Gene Hattori

Photo Credits:
Nevada State Museum