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Elko District Office
Release Date: 01/17/12
Contacts: Lesli Ellis , 775-753-0386 ,
News Release No. 2012-012

Shoshone Storytelling at the California Trail Center

ELKO, Nev. – Legends will be reborn and stories will be passed down to new generations at the California Trail Interpretive Center Jan. 28 when Shoshone elders gather to share their traditional stories.

This free event will begin at 2 p.m. and showcase oral presentations of the Shoshone or Newe people. Featured speakers are scheduled, but there will be time for others who might have a story to share. Light refreshments will also be available.

Featured speakers are Katherine Blossom, a Newe elder from Elko; Norm Cavenaugh, an elder from the Do'zha Wehee' (flint knife) band of the Western Shoshone; and special guest Ellison “Bombo” Jackson, an elder from Owyhee who will share traditional stories learned throughout his life.

Shoshone Storytelling is the first of several Newe events scheduled at the California Trail Interpretive Center. Future events include a basket weaving workshop followed by a Drumming, Singing on Feb. 11, and Hand Game afternoon on March 17. Contact Shania Cook at (775) 738-1849 for more information.

The California Trail Interpretive Center, operated by the Bureau of Land Management, is eight miles west of Elko at Hunter exit 292. The center is closed for exhibit installation but will be open for Cowboy Poetry and special events, school groups and prearranged tours and meetings. Visit

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Elko District Office   3900 E. Idaho St.      Elko, NV 89801  

Last updated: 04-14-2015