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A culture rich with tradition, the native American tribes of the Great Basin play an integral part in the history, present, and future of the region. We invite you to visit our collections!


2015 Shoshone elders honored.
2015 Shoshone elders honored.
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ABOUT the gbia

Learn more about the Great Basin Indian Archives. Its history and its development!

gbia resources

Explore the resources on the Great Basin Indian Archives. We have a list of external links and How-Tos we hope you will find helpful!

gbia partners

Meet our partners whom without their help, there would not be an archive. Please take the time to visit their sites and learn more about the entities we are so grateful for.


Welcome to the Great Basin Indian Archives presented by Great Basin College in partnership with Barrick North America and the University of Utah.

Our Mission

The Great Basin Indian Archives will endeavor to provide students and researchers with easy access to primary and digital information that chronicle the history and heritage of the Great Basin Indian peoples.

Our Plan

Provide important information for students, educators and researchers to access readily on site about the Great Basin Tribes, Western Shoshone, Paiute and Washoe. A collection of Oral Histories of elders sharing their culture and customs of the above listed Tribes. Some of the elders speak in their native language in describing or sharing their stories. These tribes aboriginal territory covers the states of California, Nevada, Utah, Idaho, Oregon and Wyoming. A collection of songs sung in the native languages about ceremonial and cultural activities, including hand game songs.

The intent for the GBIA program is to exist on the GBC website and to provide a “virtual linking archives” for easy accessibility to the General Public as well. Links in other states and countries will be developed through student and community work.

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