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Children's Books

One of the major projects during SYLAP has been the creation of children’s books. In the first two years of SYLAP, the books focused on the telling of traditional Shoshone stories by utilizing recordings from the Wick R. Miller collection.

Since 2011, the focus has been on Shoshoni language teaching. SYLAPers have created books that teach basic vocabulary and grammar to beginning Shoshoni language learners. The pictures below come from books that have been published and distributed to Shoshone communities.

The books are not available for request or purchase, but video books are available at any time.

Traditional Stories

Itsappeh wa’ai Toyatukkupittsih – Coyote and Mountain Lion (artwork redone in 2012)

Mea Nawapaiya – Creation of the Months


Tapai ma’ai Tapu – Cottontail and Sun


Tempin Ainkwantuhinte – Rolling Rock (artwork redone in 2012)



Colors, Numbers, and Writing

Kutise Itsappeh – Crazy Coyote


Tammen Newe Tepooh – Our Shoshoni Writing


Newe Tetsee – Counting Indian


Ne Toko ma’ai Mimiakwantu’i – I’m Going on a Walk with Grandpa




Kinship and Gender Roles

Nian Nanewenee – My Family

Tsaan Tekkapeha Yekwi – Our food gathering


Grammar (Instrumental suffixes and directionals)

Sokopittan Nanewenee Hakai Nemmi’ite? – How do animals move?

Pia Kuittsunan Tua – Baby Buffalo


Last Updated: 2/13/17