Collections that include materials on Chief Washakie, an important, influential, and historic leader of the Shoshone people. He was instrumental in the Shoshone’s negotiations with the United States government, and signed treaties establishing the Wind River Reservation on behalf of his people. Widely respected in the west, Washakie lent his name to a Wyoming county, a military fort, a Utah town, and other locations across the western states. This collection includes mostly photographs of Washakie.
Photograph of Chief Washakie taken by photographer William Henry Jackson, 1870
Photograph labeled "Woshakie, Chief of the Shoshonne's, '1870s series.'" Jackson first encountered Washakie and the Eastern Shoshones when he joined the Hayden Geological Survey in 1870.
Photograph of Washakie's lodge by William Henry Jackson, 1870
While with the Hayden Geological Survey, Jackson photographed a large Shoshone encampment at South Pass. Photo caption: "Encampment in South pass - Southern foothills of Wind River Mountains, Wyoming. Photograph by W.H. Jackson 1870. Washakie's Lodge."
Photograph of Washakie's camp at South Pass, Wyoming, by William Henry Jackson, 1870
Photo caption: "Washakie's Camp in South Pass Photograph by W. H. Jackson. Southern foothills of Wind River Mountain, Wyo. 1870."
Baker and Johnston photograph of Chief Washakie with his council of subchiefs. Date attributed on photograph is June 17, 1876
Charles S. Baker and Eli Johnston, based in Evanston, Wyoming, set up a field studio on the Wind River Reservation no later than 1885 and captured several images of Washakie and some of his family and council members. Rev. John Roberts papers contains an explanation of this photograph. See resource identifier ah00037_1211 in the John Roberts papers.
Photograph by Baker & Johnston of Chief Washakie in a headdress and holding a pipe, ca. 1880
Photograph by Baker & Johnston of Chief Washakie standing with a rifle and a pipe, ca. 1880
Photograph of the grandson of Chief Washakie attributed to the studio of Baker and Johnston, ca. 1880
Chief Washakie and two of his warriors, Tigee (left) and Pe-ri-go-shia (right) watering their horses at a creek, ca. 1880
Chief Washakie on horseback by a log structure on the Wind River Reservation, ca. 1880
Oil painting by George de Forest Brush titled, "Old Washakie," 1884
After 40 years as chief, Washakie, weighed down by infirmities and blindness, still commanded respect among his people. Brush emphasized his dignity and powerful presence by painting him without his ceremonial headdress, which would have distracted from focus on his expressive face.
Photograph of Chief Washakie, 1893
Photograph taken during one of western author Owen Wister's trips to Wyoming where he drew inspiration for his novels, such as The Virginian (1902).
Film of Reverend Dr. John Roberts giving Chief Washakie's dying message in signs, ca. 1942
Naturalist Adolph Murie recorded Rev. Dr. John Roberts providing Washakie's message in signs.