Clyde Hall: Ceremonial Leader
for the Dance
Clyde M. Hall, an enrolled member of the Shoshone-Metis tribe, is an acknowledged authority, writer, and lecturer of Native American culture, tribal arts and folkways. His expertise is in demand at museums, universities and national institutions on matters of Native culture, including the University of Illinois, Idaho State University, the Denver Museum of Natural History and Grand Teton National Park. His heart has always been with his people in Idaho, promoting an understanding and appreciation among people of many countries and cultures of the Native American people..
Clyde was born and raised traditionally by his grandmother, Hazel Truchot, in a one-room log cabin in Fort Hall, Idaho, and has lived on the Reservation most of his life. He devoted over 20 years of his life in service to the people of the Shoshone Reservation as Tribal High School Teacher, the first Public Defender of the Tribal Court, Tribal Consumer Advocate, Tribal Chief, Associate and Special Court Judge, and was instrumental in reorganizing and designing the modern Shoshone-Bannock court system and revision of the Tribal Law and Order Code, which was a critical component in the establishment of the Shoshone-Bannock tribe as a sovereign nation. He worked extensively as Juvenile Judge/Drug Court Judge for a period of three years with great success in helping Reservation youth.
In his younger days Hall toured Europe, South America and the U. S. with his dance troupe, together with his mentor and beloved adopted aunt, Emma Pohipe Dann, and members of other Tribes performing traditional powwow dances.
Currently, he is semi-retired, working three part-time jobs as Tribal Court Advocate, and as an employee of his sister’s store in Ft. Hall, organizing displays and shows in various parts of the country promoting and selling the outstanding beadwork of his people.
Clyde is also the Director of the NCPC, dedicating his life to the preservation of traditional ceremonies and knowledge. It was organized as his vision of supporting Native American people and cultures of the Great Basin Plateau, the preservation and continued use of their sacred sites, and the renewal of the Dance for All People. In addition, Mr. Hall feels very strongly about helping his own people through the Community Access Program that involves clothing drives, art projects for Ft. Hall youth, and donation of Christmas gifts.
Mr. Hall is one of the ceremonial leaders of the Dance For All People. It’s danced for renewal of the People and the Earth, perpetuating the vision of the Dance that people of all races and religions come together to dance under the Tree of Life. He considers the Dance for All People his greatest “life work”.