Chief Washakie was leader of the Eastern Shoshone from the 1840s until his death in 1900.
He exhibited bravery, skills as an orator and diplomat, and a belief in the importance of education.
A letter from Ada Jones, who lived on the Shoshone Agency, offers us a description of the man dating to 1885. She writes, "Washakie, the Shoshone chief is what may be called a remarkable man. He is about seventy years old. So tall. Has a fine open countenance which becomes so animated and expressive when he speaks that it is a real pleasure to look at him. His eyes also seem to speak and convey more than words. And when he smiles it is like casting a ray of soft clear light on a pretty picture."
Learn more about Chief Washakie at UW's American Heritage Center.