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Keywords:

  • Shoshoni;
  • ethics;
  • Deniwape;
  • oral tradition;
  • coyote

SUMMARY

In this article, we present a Shoshoni perspective on ethics and discuss examples of the ethical key concepts embedded in Deniwape, the traditional knowledge that has been transmitted orally within family lines. Deniwape represents a set of principles that delineate traditional connections between landscape, family, customary practices, and cultural values. We focus specifically on the semantic meanings and cultural usages of ethical key concepts to offer new insights into the understanding of traditional Shoshoni ethics.