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Poem: "The Hearts They Leave Behind"

This poem is spillover from the September 18, 2018 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "disappearing" prompt in my 6-23-18 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth and [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the Big One and Iron Horses threads of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features cultural arguments over funding, danger sense, an earthquake at Yellowstone National Park, the caldera boiling over, She Walks in Mist stepping into the nearest pool to settle it, everyone assuming she's dead (which she actually isn't but they won't know that for some time yet), terror, grief, and other challenges. This may be particularly hard on earthquake survivors. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

"The Hearts They Leave Behind"

[Saturday, May 28, 2016]

Haiwee Teton walks through
the tall green grass and flowers of
the Shoshone Geyser Basin Trail.

Behind her follow four students from
the Sacagawea Community College who
are studying the Shoshone language.

David Broncho is strong and affectionate.
He is majoring in Early Childhood Education
with a specialty in Tribal Childrearing.

His best friend Cliff Te'o is taller and thinner,
fond of wilderness activities and always careful.
Cliff is waffling between Recreation Services
and Wildlife/Forestry Conservation, so he
just takes General Studies for now.

Kimama Shay shares Haiwee's love of nature
and flits from one flower to another like a butterfly.
She majors in Life Sciences with a minor in
Native Foodways, hoping to start a business
in delivering traditional meals for elders.

Behind her comes Briar Appenay, a wise two-spirit
who crops his hair short and argues stubbornly.
He's studying Shoshone-Bannock Culture with
specialties in Activism and Indigenous Religions.

Bringing up the rear is Haiwee's friend
She Walks in Mist, who sometimes teaches
workshops on conservation and sustainability.

Visiting Yellowstone Park gives the students
a chance to explore the environment and
practice their Shoshone by describing
what they see as they hike along.

"Sogohdiyah," Kimama breathes,
pointing at the small herd of deer,
and the others count in whispers.

She Walks in Mist doesn't speak
Shoshone, but instead carries on
in a fluent stream of Lakota.

"Upíziča," she says as
the red-tailed hawk circles.

The languages tumble over
and through each other like
two rivers merging, now and
then dotted with the flotsam
and jetsam of English.

In places, the trail meanders
over marshland, marked only
by a series of boards laid over
the mud as casual bridges.

Cliff helps David stay steady,
while She Walks in Mist
lends a hand to Briar.

Sometimes they talk about
home, Idaho for the Shoshone
and Montana for She Walks in Mist.

The Fort Hall Reservation has
a revitalization project going, with
lots of new housing and social features
such as the Pomp Family Fun Park
which is currently under construction.

She Walks in Mist has some tart words on
the topic of using funds from the casino
to support the community college.

"Honestly, I don't care where
the money comes from, as long
as it comes," Haiwee confesses.

"No, she has a point," David says.
"People come to casinos for a wild time,
and sometimes that makes trouble. If we
get the money for education in a bad way,
that could put a stain on the college."

"But we need the money,"
Briar argues, waving his hands.
"We need the college if we don't want
to stay just a bunch of prairie bums.
The money for that has to come from
somewhere, and where else is there?"

It's an old argument, and they're not
going to solve it on a day hike, but it's
good to hear the students talking and
thinking about such serious issues.

The trail underfoot peters out into
a wide expanse of sand and gravel.

"Oooh," Kimama says, pointing.

Ahead of them, plumes of
billowy white steam rise from
the Shoshone Geyser Basin.

The hikers pick their way
carefully between the pools
of bubbling mud and hot water
fringed with colorful algae.

"It smells like rotten eggs,"
Cliff mutters, waving his hand.

"That's sulfur," Haiwee explains.

"It's a volcanic gas that makes
hotspots like this so distinctive,"
She Walks in Mist adds.

"Yeah?" Cliff says, peering
at the vents. "Would people
care about that in a tour?"

Wilderness guide is one
of several professions that
he is considering for his future.

"Some would," says Haiwee.
"It depends on your audience."

They're right in the middle
when the first thrum of alarm
ripples though the ground.

"What was that?" Kimama asks.

"I don't know," Haiwee says,
uneasy. "I haven't ever felt
anything quite like that before."

"I felt it too," says She Walks in Mist.
"The ground is getting restless.
It's time for us to move."

Kimama stares longingly
at the vivid pools, but she
is too respectful to argue,
and Briar wisely follows suit.

They hurry toward the edge,
and Haiwee breathes a sigh
of relief as they reach the area
where the pools lie farther apart
and patches of green grass begin
to appear in the gravel between them.

Then the whole valley seems
to shimmy under their feet.

A blistering sense of wrongness
spreads over Haiwee's senses
as she staggers, unbalanced.

The shaking only lasts for
about ten seconds, but it's
enough to make ripples
undulate over the water.

Everyone clings together
for support, but they don't
even have time to drop
to the ground for safety.

The caldera goes berserk.

All the geysers erupt violently,
mud seethes, hot springs boil over,
and fumaroles steamwhistle.

She Walks in Mist pushes
the college kids toward
the green meadow, then
turns back to the geyser basin.

"What are you doing?" Haiwee says,
grabbing her hand. "We need
to get out of here, now!"

She Walks in Mist pulls free,
saying, "I'm sorry, I have to go."

Then she steps into the nearest pool.

Kimama screams, and Cliff
makes an abortive lunge
for the pool before David
yanks him away from it.

"She's gone," David says.
"Look, there's nothing left --
she just disappeared!"

"She does that sometimes,"
Haiwee explains. "She has
very strong medicine. I've
seen her turn to mist before."

"What mist?" Briar says.

They look over the basin
and see that the hot springs
are barely steaming now, and
even the fumaroles have stopped
spewing gases, although the air is
still thick enough to make Haiwee dizzy.

"We need to keep moving," she says.
"This steam isn't good to breathe, even
if it seems to be calming down now."

"She's doing something to the water,
isn't she?" Kimama says, looking over
her shoulder as they hurry away.

"Yes, I think so too," Haiwee says.
"We'll stop at the edge of the forest
and wait for She Walks in Mist
to catch up with us later."

"That's a good plan," Briar says,
and other college kids agree.

They hold hands for comfort
as well as balance while they
hurry across the meadows.

There's a little waystation
where the trees start,
just a fallen log with
a lean-to over it.

They stop and wait.

It was a little after five when
the caldera went up, and they
wait through the afternoon,
but nothing else happens.

Normally when someone
shifts into an elemental form,
they can't hold it for very long --
except for a few people for whom
that becomes their natural form, and
then two-legged shape takes effort.

She Walks in Mist can travel through
fog or steam, but she would never
just abandon them like this.

If she hasn't caught up to them,
it's probably because she can't.

The gnawing worry in Haiwee's belly
gets worse, and worse, and she
can't think of anything they
could do that might help.

When the last spark
of sunlight goes out in
the west, David chokes,
"She's not coming back.
She's really gone."

Then he starts to cry.

"They are not dead who live
in the hearts they leave behind,"
Briar says, blinking back tears.

"She saved us," Cliff says.
She Walks in Mist saved us all."

"Yeah, that's what heras do,"
Kimama says. Then she sniffles.
"But I'm going to miss her!"

Before long, all the college kids
are crying together, draped over
each other like wet blankets.

Haiwee wants to cry,
too, but she can't. Not yet.

First she has a phone call to make.

* * *


Haiwee Teton -- She has tinted skin, brown eyes, and long straight brown hair. She belongs to the Shoshone-Bannock tribe. She speaks Bannock, English, and Shoshone. Her traditional skills include dancing and basketmaking. Haiwee lives in Fort Hall, Idaho in the Fort Hall Reservation. She teaches at the Sacagawea Community College. Often she takes students on field trips. Haiwee is friends with She Walks in Mist.
Origin: Haiwee always had a keen awareness of nature. At puberty, she went into the ceremonial hut with her older female relatives to learn about womanhood, and came out with superpowers.
Uniform: She favors comfortable clothes in soft neutrals and shades of blue to green, especially turquoise.
Qualities: Good (+2) Dancer, Good (+2) Emotional Intelligence, Good (+2) Basketmaking, Good (+2) Teacher, Good (+2) Truthful
Poor (-2) Dealing with Dishonesty
Powers: Good (+2) Nature Sense
Motivation: To pass on her culture.

The Medicine Wheel appears in many tribes of Turtle Island. Its sacred teachings include Love, Respect, Humility, Honesty, Courage, Wisdom, and Truth.

The Shoshone tribe is famous for basketmaking. They are closely connected with the world around them. Female puberty rites feature seclusion in a sacred hut, where girls learn what they will need to know as women.

David Broncho -- He has dark copper skin, black eyes, and straight black hair buzzed short. He is short and chunky. He wears glasses. David belongs to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe. He speaks English and is learning Shoshone. On the Medicine Wheel, he relates to emotion and the North. David lives in Fort Hall, Idaho in the Fort Hall Reservation. He attends the Sacagawea Community College, where he is majoring in Early Childhood Education with a specialty in Tribal Childrearing. Thoughtful and affectionate, David serves as a role model for his friends. His best friend is Cliff Te'o.
Qualities: Good (+2) Big Happy Family, Good (+2) Connecting Past and Present, Good (+2) Loving, Good (+2) Strength
Poor (-2) Eyesight

The Medicine Wheel appears in many tribes of Turtle Island. Its sacred teachings include Love, Respect, Humility, Honesty, Courage, Wisdom, and Truth.

Kimama Shay -- She has copper skin, brown eyes, and long straight brown hair. She has a round face and a curvy body. Kimama belongs to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe. She speaks English and is learning Shoshone. On the Medicine Wheel, he relates to spiritual connection and the East. Kimama lives in Fort Hall, Idaho in the Fort Hall Reservation where she attends the Sacagawea Community College. She is majoring in Life Sciences with a minor in Native Foodways, hoping to start a business in delivering traditional meals for elders. Kimama spends a lot of time in nature, observing and praying. She loves butterflies and other beautiful insects. She scrambles easily over rough terrain. However, she has a short attention span and easily gets distracted.
Qualities: Good (+2) Agility, Good (+2) Faith, Good (+2) Naturalistic Intelligence, Good (+2) Respect
Poor (-2) Flighty

The Medicine Wheel appears in many tribes of Turtle Island. Its sacred teachings include Love, Respect, Humility, Honesty, Courage, Wisdom, and Truth.

Briar Appenay -- He has copper skin, brown eyes, and straight black hair cut short. He is slim and wiry. He has a female body, but prefers masculine pronouns. Briar belongs to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe. He speaks English and is learning Shoshone. On the Medicine Wheel, he relates to thought and the West. He lives in Fort Hall, Idaho in the Fort Hall Reservation. He attends the Sacagawea Community College. He is majoring in Shoshone-Bannock Culture with specialties in Activism and Indigenous Religions. Briar knows himself very well and makes good choices without letting others sway him. However, he struggles to make and maintain relationships.
Qualities: Good (+2) Flexible, Good (+2) Two-Spirit, Good (+2) Resistant to Pressure, Good (+2) Wisdom
Poor (-2) Relationship Challenges

The Medicine Wheel appears in many tribes of Turtle Island. Its sacred teachings include Love, Respect, Humility, Honesty, Courage, Wisdom, and Truth.

Cliff Te'o -- He has fair skin, black eyes, and short black hair with a mustache and beard. He is tall and slim with wiry muscles. Cliff belongs to the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe. He speaks English and is learning Shoshone. On the Medicine Wheel, he relates to physical movement and the South. Cliff lives in Fort Hall, Idaho in the Fort Hall Reservation. He attends the Sacagawea Community College. He is waffling between Recreation Services and Wildlife/Forestry Conservation, so he just takes General Studies for now. Cliff enjoys outdoor activities and takes reasonable precautions in nature. He plays flute and drum. He does much less well at book-learning. His best friend is David Broncho.
Qualities: Good (+2) Courage, Good (+2) Musical Intelligence, Good (+2) Safety-Conscious, Good (+2) Wilderness Skills
Poor (-2) Logical-Mathematical Intelligence

The Medicine Wheel appears in many tribes of Turtle Island. Its sacred teachings include Love, Respect, Humility, Honesty, Courage, Wisdom, and Truth.

The Medicine Wheel Model of Wellness helps native people use their own cultural imagery to pursue a healthy lifestyle. Here are some activities for it.

She Walks in Mist -- She has tinted skin that tans copper, brown eyes, and straight dark brown hair to her waist. She is the half-sister of Joseph Elkdog, sharing the same mother in the Blackfeet tribe in Montana. Her father's heritage is Lakota and Hualapai. She speaks English, Lakota, and Aamsskáápipikani (Southern Piegan Blackfeet, Modern Dialect). She is solemn and not easy to read. Her brother's wild behavior often exasperates her, and he keeps trying to get a rise out of her, but they love each other dearly anyway. When a drunken Warshirt propositioned her at a powwow, she smacked him.
In high school she joined the science club and began serious work on local environmental projects, which won her a scholarship. In college she earned a Master's Degree in Environment, Ecology and Ethology. Afterwards she returned to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation in Montana, near Glacier National Park, where she maintains the local ecosystem. Her interests span conversation and sustainable development.
Origin: At puberty, she began dreaming about the natural world. Her maternal grandmother encouraged her to study it more closely, so she did. One day she became lost in the mist, and wished that she could find her way home -- and suddenly, there she was. Gradually she learned to do more than just travel through the elements.
Uniform: Her regalia consists of a red dress decorated with ribbons of black, white, and yellow plus a cape of beaded netting in the same colors. Her moccasins are black with matching red, white, and yellow beadwork. These four colors represent the four directions and elements of the medicine wheel. For everyday wear she likes modern women's fashions, but favors the same four colors in various combinations, along with images of medicine wheels or animals.
Qualities: Master (+6) Existential Intelligence, Expert (+4) Environment Ecology & Ethology, Good (+2) Constitution, Good (+2) Extended Family, Good (+2) Reserved
Powers: Expert (+4) Elemental Powers
This metapower includes Travel, Elemental Form, Elemental Shields, Elemental Blast, Control Elements, and Control Animals.
Motivation: Mitakuye oyasin.

The Blackfeet tribe has a reservation in Montana. Read about their language.

Medicine Wheel
Red = North, Earth
Black = West, Water
White = South, Fire
Yellow = East, Air

* * *

"They are not dead who live in the hearts they leave behind."

In the middle of Yellowstone National Park, the earthquake is 6.0 with intensity VII, strong shaking with some damage. It lasts about 20 seconds. At the Shoshone Geyser Basin, it's 4.0 with intensity IV, with light shaking. It can be felt for about 10 seconds, although not all the waves are tangible to humans. The caldera goes berserk. All the geysers erupt violently, pools boil over, and fumaroles steamwhistle.

Near center of park
6.0 – 6.9 about 130 VII – IX strong – damage variable depending on building construction and substrate
VII. Damage negligible in buildings of good design and construction; slight to moderate in well-built ordinary structures; considerable damage in poorly built or badly designed structures; some chimneys broken.
VIII. Damage slight in specially designed structures; considerable damage in ordinary substantial buildings with partial collapse. Damage great in poorly built structures. Fall of chimneys, factory stacks, columns, monuments, walls. Heavy furniture overturned.
IX. Damage considerable in specially designed structures; well-designed frame structures thrown out of plumb. Damage great in substantial buildings, with partial collapse. Buildings shifted off foundations.

Shoshone Geyser Basin
4.0 – 4.9 about 10,000 IV – V light – felt by many people, minor damage possible
IV. Felt indoors by many, outdoors by few during the day. At night, some awakened. Dishes, windows, doors disturbed; walls make cracking sound. Sensation like heavy truck striking building. Standing motor cars rocked noticeably.
V. Felt by nearly everyone; many awakened. Some dishes, windows broken. Unstable objects overturned. Pendulum clocks may stop.

See a map of Wyoming and a closeup of Yellowstone. Here are some Yellowstone hazard maps. This one shows the geyser basins.

Today Wyoming has two federally recognized tribes. The Shoshone and Arapaho share the Wind River Reservation. The Shoshone have lent their name to some features in Yellowstone.

The Shoshone Geyser Basin includes geysers, hot springs, mudpots, and fumaroles. See a trail map. The basin is quite large. Hot springs support colorful algae and minerals. The Minuteman Geyser spouts water often. In places, boards provide footing over marshy areas.

See a map of the Fort Hall Reservation. NOTE: In T-America the reservation includes the town of Blackfoot to the north, the entire central notch including the towns of Tyhee and Chubbuck, and all the deckled area at the bottom of the map. This map shows its location in Idaho. the revitalization project.

Here you can see a site plan for the revitalization project. In T-America, the low-income housing consists of roundhouses in six village clusters around the streets with their turnarounds. The multi-family high-density housing is the Community Courtyards Apartment Complex. The incubator is an organization designed to foster new tribal businesses. The language and culture preservation center includes a 2-year community college. The long rectangle of private property in the upper right corner provides space for traditional housing such as tipis or wickiups.

Historically, tribal people lived in many different types of homes. The Shoshone primarily used tipis or wickiups. In local-America, modern reservation housing tends to be very shabby. This happened in Terramagne-America too, and you can still see examples of it. But many T-American reservations have subsequently upgraded their housing. A big difference is that alternative building styles are much more popular there, because some of those parallel the materials and/or shapes of traditional housing. Other people prefer more European-inspired architecture.

The multifamily high-density housing is a modern apartment complex surrounding two courtyards and a covered parking area. Not all that many people own cars, although many own bicycles -- the small enclosures are bike garages. So they tend to cram the cars into one end of the lot and use the rest of the space for dancing. The Community Courtyards Apartment Complex offers several different shapes of 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom apartments with modern furnishings. This offers affordable housing for singles, couples, and small families.

Community Courtyards Apartment Complex UNIT A1
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Community Courtyards Apartment Complex UNIT A2 (Haiwee's apartment)
1 Bedroom, 1 Bath

Community Courtyards Apartment Complex UNIT B3-A
2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths

The exterior shows the clubhouse and courtyard. The swimming pool is behind the clubhouse and includes a pergola. This is the entrance.

Inside, there is a café.

The entrance to the fitness center leads to areas for weight machines, free weights, and treadmills.

Indoor amenities include a computer room, conference room, classroom, banquet hall, and a lounge with pool table and couch.

Haiwee Teton has a 1-bedroom apartment. Here is the view looking toward the balcony and toward the kitchen. The kitchen has a microwave over the stove. A dining bar separates the kitchen from the living room. The bedroom connects to the living room. The bathroom has a tub with shower.

The low-income housing consists of dome homes, which are extremely sturdy and also cheap to build. They have the advantage of versatile layout -- you can either divide them like a European house, or like a native tipi or other round dwelling. See them in the spring and autumn. Here is a night view and a closeup.

The Shoshone-Bannock Wellness Center & Sports Complex includes two 300′ softball fields, a little league field, horseshoe pits, two outdoor basketball courts, elevated mounds for lawn seating, a combination football and soccer field, a skate park, a playground, barbecue pits, restrooms, and concession area. Indoor facilities include a gymnasium with walking track, a fitness center, diabetes education center, health education area, staff offices, classrooms, and a cafeteria. Here is a site plan. See the front view and side view of the building. These are the schematics.

The entrance has a structure similar to tipi poles. The lobby offers curved seating. The gymnasium has bleachers.

Outside the complex is a picnic area.

Here the floor plan for the Many Horses Business Incubator. The reception desk is in the upper left corner near the shower. The hallway has chairs for seating. Room 115 is a consultation room. The coworking office in Room 121 has long desks with computers, office equipment, a conference table, and lounge areas. Open offices like Room 125 have cubicles which members can rent for continued use. Each cubicle measures about 8x8 feet. Room 122 has hotdesks. These workstations include a carrel with a computer and a chair. They may be used by any member whenever the building is open. There is no limit on use, but they cannot be reserved; availability is on a first-come, first-served basis. Room 123 is the support office helping new businesses get started. Room 127 is the administrative office. Room 130 is a classroom. Room 133 is a computer presentation room. Room 134 is a study room. Room 139 offers coworking space. Room 140 is a private office. The conference rooms each have a table and chairs.

The language and cultural preservation center is Sacagawea Community College. Due to the small size of the student body, both class years and individual class sizes tend to be small too. Few classes have more than 12 students, and many have only 6-8. Therefore, not all programs are available at all times. Academic counselors interview incoming students and attempt to identify clusters of interest so that teachers can offer needed courses. College goals include several main areas: preparing for transfer to a 4-year college, preparing for a specific career right out of college, cultural transmission for people interested in addressing tribal issues, personal growth for those not seeking a career, and continued education for older adults wanting to expand their professional or personal skills.

Sacagawea Community College offers an Associate of Applied Science in Accounting, Agriculture, Construction, Culinary Arts, Electronics, Fire Science, Health Care Administration, Heating Ventilation Air Conditioning and Refrigeration, Hospitality, Information Technology, Law Enforcement, Life Sciences, Machining and Manufacturing, Medical Assistant, Nursing, Office Management. Programs intended for students wishing to transfer to a 4-year college include Business, Computer Science, Linguistics, Pre-Medical, and Psychology. Associate of Arts programs include American History, Early Childhood Education, English, General Studies, Idaho Studies, Liberal Arts, Native American Studies, and Shoshone-Bannock Culture.

Minors include Alternative Construction, American Law and Indigenous Nations, Bannock Language, Basketweaving, Film Studies, Fine Arts, Gift Economics, Herbalism, Horsemanship, Indigenous Music, Native American Literature, Native Foodways, Photography, Permaculture, Sacagawea Studies, Shoshone-Bannock Culture, Shoshone-Bannock Dance, Shoshone Language, Traditional Healing Techniques, Traditional Technologies, and Tribal Health Issues.

The college also offers certificates such as Activism, Addiction Care, Automotive Technology, Beekeeping, Buffalo Management, Ceramics, Client-Centered Practices, Diesel Technology, Documentation and Paperwork, Dog Training, Education Specialist - Tribal Childrearing, Education Specialist - Special Education, Education Specialist - Curriculum and Teaching, Elder Care, Emergency Medicine - EMT Basic, Emergency Medicine - EMT Advanced, Emergency Medicine - Paramedic, Family Dynamics, Food and Beverage Operations, Gardening, Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services, Indigenous Religions, Language Nest Management, Leadership, Medical Billing and Coding Certificate, Medical Office Administration Certificate, Motorcycle Technician Specialist, Peacemaking, Psychology - Clinical Health, Psychology - Forensics, Race Relations, Recreation Services, Regalia Construction and Care, Sexual Health and Care, Small Business Management, Suicide Prevention, Trauma-Informed Care, Tribal Justice, Victimology, Wildcrafting, and Wilderness First Aid. These can be taken independently and are popular for adult continuing education.

The Career Diploma certificates are meant to be attached to a major and cater to students who plan on getting a specific type of job right after graduation: Career Diploma - Administrative Assistant, Career Diploma - Auto Repair Technician, Career Diploma - Bookkeeping, Career Diploma - Casino Management and Operations, Career Diploma - Cosmetology, Career Diploma - Dental Assistant, Career Diploma - Drafting with AutoCAD, Career Diploma - Legal Assistant, Career Diploma - Massage Therapy, Career Diploma - Network Technician, Career Diploma - Nurse Assistant, Career Diploma - Pharmacy Technician, Career Diploma - Victim Support, and Career Diploma - Wildlife/Forestry Conservation.

Athletics focus on traditional activities. These include archery, horsemanship, martial arts, shinny, track and field. They compete locally, with other tribal colleges, and in some cases during mainstream events. Classes teach fishing and hunting, but without the competitive aspect.

Community colleges, also known as city colleges or junior colleges, offer a variety of degree programs, as well as different degrees. Some popular degree programs at community colleges include those in nursing, law enforcement and web technology. This article will tell you what type of degree programs are offered at community colleges.

Read about current issues in Native American tribes.

See design sketches for the Sacagawea Community College including the courtyard elevation, east elevation, south elevation, west elevation, and north elevation. Here the plans for the 1st floor, 2nd floor, and 3rd floor. This is a full view of the exterior, the south side, the courtyard, and the entrance.

Indoors, the lobby has lots of open space. The student center lounge includes seating and a fireplace. This classroom has tables in a U-shape. This one has computers. Students enjoy a traditional lesson. This classroom features basketweaving.

On the second floor is the language lab. The science lab has modern equipment. The cooking lab teaches native foodways and mainstream cuisine. The fabrication lab enables people to build things by hand. The art room has individual desks for drawing or painting. The ceramics studio allows for wheel throwing and handmade techniques. The conference room offers space for meetings. The library stocks books in English and indigenous languages.

(Some of these links are gross.)
On the third floor, the biology lab includes plants and animals to study. Here a team of students is dissecting an animal. The health care lab includes patient beds as well as tables and chairs. A traditional healing room provides a place to practice smudging and other cultural techniques.

The Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and the Shoshone-Bannock Casino stand close together.

The family entertainment complex is the Pomp Family Fun Park, currently under construction. It started with the core of parking, administration, food court, and novelty shops. Among the new attractions are Tymmaih, a booth that sells tasting portions of traditional and contemporary Shoshone-Bannock foods, typically for $1-3 each; Tenooppeh, a booth that offers boxed lunches and snacks of traditional foods or healthy contemporary ones for about $5-10; and Tsadekapeh, a family restaurant serving traditional foods and modern dishes inspired by them, where entrees average $10-15. After that, thematic modules will be added one at a time as funds become available. Planned attractions include an archery range, climbing structures with low and high rope courses, a dance hall, a midway with games and rides, and a movie theater to show tribal and other films.

Tymmaih (Shohone: "to taste food, to try food")

Tenooppeh (Shoshone: "lunch, food carried for meal")

Tsadekapeh (Shoshone: "favorite food")

Pomp is a Shoshone nickname for a baby boy, in this case a historic figure.

The Sacred Wheels RV Park has nice parking places. The park office and laundromat share a single building next door to the bathhouse. See the exterior and interior of the park office, along with the laundromat. The bathhouse includes several cubicles each with a shower, toilet, and sink. This is the park playground.

The recreation hall has a swimming pool outside. Inside it has a foosball table, pool table, fireplace, one bookcase each for English and Shoshone or Bannock titles, a buffet table with one vegetarian and one meat dish always available, a piano, and a viewscreen.

The tall rectangle of private property in the upper right corner of the sitemap is the Historic Village, for people choosing traditional homes such as a tipi or wickiup. Dwellings may be pitched on the grass or on wooden foundations. See the exterior of a tipi by day, by night, and with a campfire. Here is an aerial view of the interior, along with side views by night and by day. The entrance stands between the kitchenette and the firewood rack. See the south bed and the north bed. The village has several outhouses with a washstand outside and a composing toilet inside. Here is a night view. This is the village playground.

See the Shoshone-Bannock Festival site map.

In T-Fort Hall, the Chief Tahgee Elementary Academy is a private school, so they can set their own parameters instead of having to follow those of Idaho. One rule is that all teachers must be tribe members or working toward membership. Another is that they must be fluent in either Shoshone or Bannock, or actively studying Shoshone. The tipi is a permanent part of the curriculum, but not a permanent installation. Students learn how to set it up, break it down, move it, and do activities inside it. They customarily move it once a week to avoid killing the grass underneath it. The playground is an open field. Inside are various classrooms. This bingo game involves shapes and colors.

This is the Community Health Center.

The Victims Assistance Program, Four Directions Treatment Center, and Vocational Rehabilitation Program have tables at events.

Here is the Not-Tsoo Gah-Nee Indian Health Center.

This is the Shoshone-Bannock Tribal Museum.

sogohdiyah (Shoshone: "deer")

upíziča LYS [upí + zí -ka] n
red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis)

Tribal casinos cause unending arguments throughout Native American culture. Even tribes that don't have one tend to argue over whether they should or what somebody else is doing with theirs. The advantages and disadvantages are so big that few people are neutral on the topic.

Ethnic slurs for tribal people include many variations on "prairie bum" and "prairie nigger." In addition to use by white racists, they also appear through internalized racism (people looking down on themselves) and intracultural racism (people looking down on other members of their own group).

Geysers and hot springs are well worth hiking to see.

Atypical behavior of geysers and other features can warn of trouble. Check the current conditions at Yellowstone before going out, because sometimes they close areas for safety reasons. Those gorgeous features are powered by an underground hotspot that could go off at any moment. It probably won't erupt fully, but even minor misbehavior can be daunting on a human scale. So if you see a sudden change in behavior, scram.
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