Allies on the
Snake River Plain
same resources available on the Snake River Plain meant that the Bannock
People would live closely allied with the Sosoni' People. These two
Peoples, used the same resources, shared the land, and knew that cooperation
was the key to survival.
resources of the Snake River Plain efficiently, the Pan-akwati hunted
bison, pronghorn, elk, big horn sheep, and deer. Frequently, they traveled
with the Sosoni' as a larger group out onto the Great Plains to hunt
bison. Their bows were backed with sinew for strength.
harpoons, hand nets, and weirs built from woven willow was an important
activity. Caught using these techniques were trout, perch, sturgeon,
Bannock also provided for
their survival by gathering and using
a number of plant foods.
Camas (Camassia quamash),
tobacco-root (Valeriana edulis),
and bitterroot (Lewisia rediviva) were
gathered using sharpened
digging sticks. Pine nuts, gathered
in the fall, were also an important
source of food.
Idaho Museum of Natural History
Bannock families lived in tipis and small conical
lodges made of sagebrush, grass, and woven