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The Bannock People

Pan-akwati of the
Snake River Plain

Pan-akwati, meaning The People, in the Northern Paiute language, is what the Bannock People called themselves.

Image: Idaho Museum of Natural History

The Bannock People are Northern Paiute Peoples whose ancestors migrated from eastern Oregon out into Idaho's Snake River Plain. The Bannock lived among the Ne'we,Shoshoni People, forming a peaceful, cooperative relationship between the two tribes.

The Bannock began to change culturally from their cousins in Oregon as they acquired the horse after about 1700 C.E., and their pursuit of the bison herds for food and resources. However, they maintained enough social contact with their relatives in Oregon that their language continued to be basically Northern Paiute.

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