Ken Thomasma

Ken Thomasma looks through suggestions from Kelly Elementary School students for titles of his new children’s book. Thomasma will present a talk called “The Truth About Sacajawea” on Wednesday at the Colter Bay Visitors Center.

Grand Teton National Park is hosting a celebration of Shoshone culture and history this week.

The Shoshone were a Native American tribe that hunted seasonally in what is now Teton park, leaving behind “a sizable archeological record,” according to a park press release. In light of that history, the park has invited tribal members and others familiar with Shoshone lands and history to present over the two-day event, which starts at 10 a.m. Wednesday and 9 a.m. Thursday in the Colter Bay Visitors Center.

Presenters include Ken Thomasma, an author who has written several books featuring Native American children; Tory Taylor, a Dubois outdoorsman who teaches for the National Outdoor Leadership School and has explored the Wind River Range for four decades; Clyde Hall, a Shoshone-Metis elder who makes cultural art based on his heritage; and Laine Thom, a seasonal park ranger who is the caretaker for the park’s David T. Vernon Indian Art collection.

Each day features two presenters: Thomasma and Taylor on Wednesday, and Hall and Thom on Thursday, as well as videos about Shoshone culture.

The two days of presentations and videos are free and open to the public. Visit Teton park’s Facebook page,, for information on the event and to find a schedule.

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Tom Hallberg covers a little bit of everything, from skiing to long-form feature stories. A Teton Valley, Idaho, transplant by way of Portland and Bend, Oregon, he spends his time outside work writing fiction, splitboarding and climbing.

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