%> Nevada Riches: The Land and People of the Silver State
People & Life Ways
Riches, Ranching & Railroads
(1850-1900)

Native American Social Structure

The basic social structure of the Nevada Indians centered upon the nuclear family.  This was comprised of a husband, wife, and children.  Parents of the adults might also live within the family group.  When food was plentiful in the late spring and fall, larger groups would get together for celebrations, politics, and ceremonies.  With life in the towns and more localized and reliable food sources, however, larger groups would get together more frequently.
 

Photo Credit:
Nevada Historical Society