Shoshone-Bannock Tribes in National Geographic May 2016 Magazine Edition

Leo Teton stands next to a pole ornamented with bison skulls for a purification ceremony.

Leo Teton stands next to a pole ornamented with bison skulls for a purification ceremony.

Published April 30, 2016

FORT HALL RESERVATION—To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service, National Geographic is conducting a yearlong exploration of our national parks’ histories from then to now, including both online and written resources. In the National Geographic magazine’s May 2016 issue, Yellowstone: The Battle for the American West, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes are included, with a two page spread with a photo and quote from tribal member Leo Teton of the Fort Hall Reservation.

The magazine contacted the Tribe, ranchers, scientists and businesses surrounding the park as part of understanding the vast wildlife, people and land. According to Chris Johns, Executive Director of the magazine, “our Geographic team spent three years reporting, photographing and creating this special edition. It’s our way of commemorating the centennial of the National Park Service and of honoring Yellowstone, the world’s first national park.”

This isn’t the first time for the Tribes to be involved in the popular magazine. In the March 2014, issue titled “People of the Horse” tribal members, Leo Teton, Woody Teton, and Jade Broncho were interviewed about their unique relationship they share with horses. National Geographic photographer Erika Larsen visited the Fort Hall Reservation, beginning in 2014, while working on both magazine project

In the May 2016 issue, Leo’s image appears as a full page photograph of him standing next to a pole adorned with buffalo skulls next to his family sweat lodge in Lincoln Creek with a quote of him answering the question, “What does the buffalo mean to you?” Leo comments, when he seen the magazine for the first time, “It’s an honor to be in this magazine and didn’t know I was going to get a full page. I thank Erika Larsen and National Geographic for including our Tribe in the articles.”

To view Teton’s photo and all of Erika Larsen photos on the Yellowstone issue, click here:


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