|People & Life Ways|
|Riches, Ranching & Railroads|
Rather than collecting plants or hunting, many Indians depended upon jobs to earn money, which they used to purchase food in stores. The group in the picture above are at Griswold's Store, on the Pyramid Lake Northern Paiute Reservation in the early 1900s. The woman is shopping at the Enterprise Store in Lovelock, Nevada, in 1896.
Other aspects of Native Americans's
lives changed. Many Native Americans began to combine modern materials
with traditional construction styles for homes and shelter. Others
adopted non-traditional Euro-American house styles. The photograph
on the left is a traditional Northern Paiute home,
constructed about 1900. On the right, the style is traditional, but
a stovepipe indicates that there is a stove inside. This was important,
because the canvas often used, rather than the traditional material of
brush and animal skins, did not insulate very well.
Native Americans also changed
their style of dress. Many Native American men
dressed up in Euro-American style suits for formal occasions, such as these
young Shoshone men did to have their picture taken. Women used Euro-American
fabrics and styles for their clothing, but changed them to suit their own
style. Be-sul, a noted Washoe basket weaver, is wearing
a long dress, an apron, a head scarf, and a heavy fringed shawl for warmth.
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