Description: The Tebiwa Herbarium was founded in 2002 by the Davis Family of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation. Tebiwa is a Panakwate (Bannock) term for "one's own country". In this spirit, a focal point of the Tebiwa Herbarium is to establish a comprehensive collection of vascular plants, lichens, bryophytes, and fungi utilized by the Davis Newe family and ancestors. Harvest and collection of plants on unoccupied lands of the U.S. by the Newe is recognized under the Fort Bridger Treaty of 1868 under Article IV. The Newe are the Indigenous peoples whose ancestral homeland spanned portions of the Snake, Yellowstone, Bear, and Salmon River watersheds in the United States and beyond. Historically, the Newe were often referred to as Snake Indians, Shoshone, or Bannock by early Euro-American colonists.
Specialty: Some specimens of the Tebiwa Herbarium include the Panakwate (Bannock) and Sosoni (Shoshone) language names and uses on specimen labels. The Herbarium also houses some collections of vascular plant associates of the peyote cactus (Lophophora williamsii), as well as vascular plants and biological soil crusts from the Palouse Prairie in northern Idaho and southeastern Washington. Access and use of the Tebiwa Herbarium is by appointment only.
The Tebiwa Herbarium is currently focusing on the biodiversity of the Portneuf, Bannock Creek, and Blackfoot River Watersheds of the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
"Native biodiversity has countless benefits to all peoples, but probably no more so than the people of Indigenous societies. However, with global biodiversity declining at unprecedented rates the loss is contributing to the erosion of Indigenous cultures, languages, and health." Cleve Davis