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Great Basin National Park

Photo: Great Basin National Park, Ridge North of Lexington Creek

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Wikipedia: The Great Basin is the largest area of contiguous endorheic watersheds in North America. It spans nearly all of Nevada, much of Oregon and Utah, and portions of California, Idaho, and Wyoming. It is noted for both its arid climate and the basin and range topography that varies from the North American low point at Badwater Basin to the highest point of the contiguous United States, less than 100 miles (160 km) away at the summit of Mount Whitney. The region spans several physiographic divisions, biomes/ecoregions, and deserts.

Indigenous Cultures
From Great Basin National Park with information taken from Newe: a western Shoshone history by the Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada: The Great Basin has been inhabited for hundreds of years. Before settlers moved through the area, the Newe (also known as Western Shoshone) lived a migratory life dictated by the seasons. They would move from place to place, using pre-built dwellings, taking advantage of the available resources. Their summer dwellings were called hekikahni (literally shade house), and their winter homes provided extra insulation. During the winter, as the people ate the food they had stored over the previous year, the Newe would often tell folk tales to entertain one another. These stories were important, as their allegorical nature would allow elders to teach each new generation the values the Newe cherished.

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