Paiute Indian Culture

Cultural Resources Contact Information:
Paiute Tribe Cultural Resources
440 North Paiute Drive
Cedar City, UT 84721

Phone: (435)-586-1112 x107
Fax: (435)-586-7388

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There were many social dances and singing, such as the Circle Dance and Bear Dance, which some tribes still have annually. Music plays an important part of society for the Southern Paiutes. Flutes were made out elderberry or juniper wood and were played and used as love calls, or everyday music. Drums, gourds, and rattles were used for ceremonies and all types of dances.

Paiute Mountain Sheep Dancers
(Paiute Mountain Sheep Dance Information) Paiute Mountain Sheep Dancers

Southern Paiutes had many talents of arts and crafts that include: wood and horn bows, arrows, arrowheads, buckskin clothing, moccasins, cradleboards, basket making, tanning hides, rabbit skin blankets, and yucca fiber sandals. These objects played an important part in their everyday life. Many of these items are still made, used, and sold today.

Young Paiute Dancer
Young Paiute Pow Wow Dancer

The Southern Paiute people have been and are well known basket makers. They wove the highest quality of baskets with stitching so fine they were works of art. Many neighboring tribes and pioneer settlers sought their baskets. A Southern Paiute child was taught at an early age to weave baskets and by the time they were adults, they were expert basket makers. The women and children would gather their materials in the spring when the first shoots would come out. Some of the plants they used included the willow bush, sumac, and the devils claw for the black designs. The stems from these plants would be rolled into a bundle and tied to be stored for year round use.