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S H O S H O N E. Native American


John is a full blooded Shoshone from Yellowstone, Wyoming. His great grandfather shook the hand of (and says John, was gifted a farm by) the infamous Butch Cassidy.


Butch Cassidy the outlaw - when not robbing banks and trains - laid low in the geographically secluded Hole in the Wall Pass in Johnson County, Wyoming. Cassidy had many fronts for his activities. Cattle ranching was among them. But Cassidy's ranches - spread throughout the American mid-west, as John tells it - also served as hideouts. John's brothers and sisters still own and work a property that has been in the family since the Hole in the Wall Gang made secure encampment in the Wyoming wilderness.


These days, John makes his home in a one-room log cabin - a cabin he built himself at lake's edge, in the heart of Yellowstone Park. John, like only 3 other Natives in the country, makes his living chasing the bloom. He harvests the branches of flowering plants and wholesales them to garden companies. As autumn approaches, the season has John moving progressively northward, in pursuit of Hydrangea.


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Taken on December 18, 2008