Washeshu Guwah "Workings of the Washiw"
Mission Statement: Protect, Preserve and Promote the Washoe Culture and Language
Mailing address: 919 Highway 395 South, Gardnerville, Nevada 89410
Physical address: 1662 Highway 395, Suite 103, Minden, Nevada 89423
Telephone Number: 775-782-0010
The Cultural Resources Office/Tribal Historic Preservation Office and the Language Program merged in 2012 to become the Cultural Resource Department (CRD). The Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) is a program of the CRD that was formed in 2006 through a grant from the National Park Service. The THPO is responsible for regulating actions that may have adverse effects to heritage resources on tribal lands. It also provides the tribe a Tribal Self-governance initiative for direct tribal regulatory responsiblilities to manage and fulfill the Section 106 reqiurements. The Language Program of the CRD is responsible for language instruction, revitalization and preservation. (For more information on the language please click on the language tab).
The Cultural Resource Department (CRD)/Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO) is responsible for managing cultural affairs within the Washoe Tribe. The CRD has an advisory council comprised of Washoe elders and seniors called the Washoe Cultural Resources Advsiory Council (WCRAC). ( For more information on WCRAC click on the Cultural Advisory tab)
The CRD/THPO is responsible for the protection of Washoe heritage resources throughout the ancestral territory of six million acres in the states of Nevada and California, including ten counties, seven national forests, and four Bureau of Land Management Districts. The CRD/THPO works with federal, state, and local agencies plus numerous organizations; all in our effort to protect, preserve and promote Washoe heritage. We achieve the mission through a direct government to government consultation process
- Provides site monitors and archeological technicians in the states odf sdskjsn
- Provides archeological surveys and reports
- Maintains a list of archeologists, ethnographers, anthropologists and architectural historians
- Provides Site Stewards that monitor and protect archeological sites
- Provides outreach and education on the Washoe Culture to interested parties
As a public outreach and education component, the Cultural Resources Department administers presentations on Washoe Tribal History throughout the communities and educational systems. Pictured left: Herman Fillmore, Washoe Language Teacher, presents to a fourth grade class at Empire Elementary School in Carson City, NV, on March 3, 2014. Mr. Fillmore presented brief Washoe Tribal history including: lake resources, the rabbit drive and rabbit skin blanket, snow shoes, hunting and animals, willows and baskets, hand game and clapper sticks, arrows and arrowheads, as well as other topics. Arrowheads, baskets, rabbit skins, snow shoes, and other items were on display and available to the students during the presentation. The students were very appreciative and thanked Herman with smiles and a gift from the class.
**The Cultural Resources Department offers a research center containing over 200 Books, CDs, and DVDs. If you are interested in researching Washoe Tribal topics such as: History, Plants, Basketry, Language, Storytelling, Songs, Ceremonies, and much more please contact the office. Research items are for in-office use only, and cannot be checked out. Some items may be duplicated upon request.
Nevada Heritage Playing Cards
The Nevada Rock Art Foundation, along with the State Historic Preservation Office and the Nevada 150 Commission, created a deck of commemorative playing cards to highlight some of Nevada’s spectacular cultural and natural resources. The images were chosen by a broad coalition of partners, including the Governor’s Office, the Lieutenant Governor’s Office, state departments and agencies such as the Department of Tourism and Cultural Affairs and the divisions of Nevada Natural Heritage and State Parks, federal resource agencies and preservation organizations across the state such as Preserve Nevada. The playing card decks, funded through a federal grant, will be divided for distribution among the nearly 25 partner organizations involved in the cards’ creation.
The Cultural Resources Department preserves Washoe culture by conducting cultural activities.
April 2014- Handgame and Basket classes for community youth, and Round Dance.
May 2014- Plant Presses for Earth Day, Washoe History Presentation and Storytelling at Cowboy Poetry
June 2014- River Water Clarity Testing at Wata'sheamu and visit to Petroglyphs
July 2014- Lom Watah Water Clarity Testing
August 2014- Berry Picking
September 2014- Gumsabay Run and Pine nut Picking
October 2014- Traditional Fish Traps and Annual Fishing Trip
The Cultural Resource Department wishes to thank all those who continue to participate and support the culture. We are indebted to all those who came before us that had the vision and fortitude to preserve the culture.