Shoshone Tribe Lacey Bacon Brings Authentic Native Culture To ‘Yellowstone’ Prequel ‘1883’
Lacey Bacon, a local and registered member of the Shoshone tribe, has been recruited as a consultant for the new Paramount+ series “1883”, providing the team with insights into presenting an accurate representation of the Shoshone people in the episode.
The series is a prequel to the hit “Yellowstone”, starring Kevin Costner. With a cast that includes Sam Elliott and country music superstar husband and wife Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, “1883” chronicles the Dutton family’s journey from the Great Plains to Montana.
Bacon became involved in “1883” when a crew member contacted her in October asking for Shoshone actors for a scene. She found 10 actors all from Fort Hall, Idaho. When she arrived on the set in Livingston, Montana, she was hired as a Shoshone consultant.
While on set in early November, Bacon described how they would herd all the Native Americans into one group and dress them all as members of the Sioux Nation. She pointed out that the different tribes involved in the series have their own different styles.
Along with the Shoshone and Sioux, members of the Crow Nation were also involved in the scene. To help make the costumes more authentic and accurate, Bacon told the show’s crew how Shoshone women wore their hair and how men and women wore red paint.
Bacon also shared other aspects of Shoshone culture. One way the hair is worn by the Shoshone, Bacon said, is the pompadour where the higher the pompadour, the more respect the individual has within the tribe.
Bacon described other ways the Shoshone tribe was different from the Sioux, including the Shoshone being a matriarchal society, their use of straight stitching rather than lazy stitching, and the tribes speaking different languages.
“When (people) watch the show, everything, … from our hair to our makeup on our face, is authentic,” Bacon said. “It’s not Hollywood.” In the show’s Shoshone scene, she said it was all about Shoshone culture and the people featured in it.
“That’s what’s going to be cool about this scene is that it was authentic and was viewed by a Shoshone tribesman who knows the ways,” Bacon said. She is thrilled to see how “1883” portrays the other tribes as well.
The first season of “1883” ends on February 26.