Definitions for "Shoshone"
Keywords:  aztecan, uto, basin, indian, paiutes
a member of the North American Indian people (related to the Aztecs) of the southwestern United States
the language spoken by the Shoshone people (belonging to the Uto-Aztecan family)
(sho SHO nee or sho SHONE) An Indian society located in the Great Basin/Plains area of the west. Sacagawea was a Shoshone, but she was kidnapped by Hidatsa raiders and taken to their villages when still a child. The Shoshone were invaluable to the expedition because it was from them (with the help of Sacagawea) that horses were obtained to cross the Rocky Mountains.