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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Prior to formal schools, a Southern Paiute was educated at a very young age the basics of everyday life and ceremonies. There was no age discrimination. If a boy wanted to learn to make an arrowhead or bow, he was not turned away or told they were too young. Instead he would be taught the art of making what he was interested in. Boys learned how to: make bows and arrows, shape gourds, make and play drums, hunt, sing, dance, communicate in sign language, and participate in ceremonies. Girls were taught how to cook, tan hides, weave baskets, make cradleboards, create pottery, sew clothing, use sign language, sing, dance, and their role in ceremonies. Boys and girls also helped in building temporary shelters. Today Southern Paiute children go to school to learn the necessities of every day life and ask the older people to share their traditional knowledge.

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