Ethnography

Eagle Spirit view of Old Faithful 
Billy Evans Horse and George Tahbone
Archeological Site

Ethnographic resources in a national park are the natural and cultural features that are integral to how a group of people identifies itself. They include natural features, archeological sites, plant and animal species, and objects associated with routine or ceremonial activities, migration routes, or the group’s history that have an importance distinct from that recognized by other people. Greater Yellowstone’s location at the convergence of the Great Plains, Great Basin, and Plateau Indian cultures means that many tribes have a traditional connection to the land and its resources. For thousands of years before Yellowstone became a national park, it was a place where Indians hunted, fished, gathered plants, quarried obsidian, and used the thermal waters for religious and medicinal purposes.