Atlatl and Sheepeater's Bow
Enhancements to the Ancient Basin permanent gallery in the Sheepeater Indian Lodge and Atlatl exhibits are in progress. The plans to add an authentic mountain sheep horn bow and improve the atlatl display will further enrich the history and understanding of how people lived in our region long before white man arrived. School children regularly visit these permanent exhibits, as well as locals and travelers from all over the world. The Washakie Museum is seeking donations for these costly and much needed enhancements to the permanent exhibit gallery. The total project cost is over $33,000.
Design, fabrication, and installation will be completed by Hadley Exhibits of Buffalo, NY. They have been producing high quality exhibits for over sixty years. The firm offers a complete range of exhibit-related services including: design, detailing, engineering, fabrication, installation and project management. Hadley completed the initial fabrication for the existing permanent exhibitions at the Washakie Museum.
The lodge in the Sheepeater Indian exhibit was used by an off-shoot Shoshone tribe who typically lived above 8,000 feet in harsh conditions on both sides of the Rocky Mountains in the 1800s. They often hunted with prized and powerful horn bows made from the horns of mountain sheep. Tom Lucas of Dubois, Wyoming is an artisan who can reproduce a horn bow using the complex traditional methods. A display case and mural will be added to increase visitors’ understanding of these remarkable people who ‘lived among the clouds’.
Near the Colby Kill Site diorama is an atlatl Dr. George Frison built from locally procured materials as the Paleo-Indians would have used. Currently, the exhibit does not allow for the assembly of the atlatl to its full length. By assembling and displaying the complete atlatl, visitors will see its normal configuration and have a better understanding of how it was used. The atlatl will be placed on clear Lucite mounts with a painted image of a Paleo-Indian in throwing position. The exhibit case will be upgraded, sloped, and cleated to the wall.