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Southern Paiute Photo And Interview Exhibit Opens

Pipe Spring National Monument

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One of many Native American Heritage Month activities currently offered at Pipe Spring National Monument is a special exhibit of photographs and interviews with Southern Paiute tribal members.

The exhibit, entitled “Southern Paiute: A Portrait,” consists of black and white photographs and text panels featuring Southern Paiute elders as the subjects.  The exhibit is especially fitting at this location as the visitor center and cultural museum is a partnership facility of Pipe Spring National Monument and the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians. The exhibit will run through December.

Southwestern Utah writer Logan Hebner and photographer Michael Plyler have collaborated to bring this project to fruition over the last nine years. The original project, which focused on fourteen elders, was exhibited in various locations in Utah and Nevada.  In 2003 Hebner and Plyler were approached by Utah State University press to turn the exhibition into a book.  The project was then expanded to 30 elders and now represents the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians and San Juan Band of northern Arizona, the Moapa, Las Vegas, and Pahrump Bands of Nevada, and the Chemehuevi Indian Tribe of California. 

The book, also titled “Southern Paiute: A Portrait” has just been released by Utah State University Press.  It includes the interviews and duotone reproductions of the black and white photos.  A special book signing event, in conjunction with the exhibit, is scheduled at Pipe Spring on the evening of December 7th.

For a flyer on the special exhibit, go to this site.  

For more information on the book from Utah State University Press, click on this link.

Numerous other activities are also underway in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. including special rock art hikes on the Kaibab Paiute Reservation in cooperation with the tribe; archeological lectures, and cultural demonstrations.  For a complete listing of November’s Native American activities at Pipe Spring, click on this link for early November events and this link for later November events.


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