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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Southern Paiutes would use a type of sign language when they spoke with other tribes. Sign language is a universal language that was taught to young and old, so communication could be done with all American Indian tribes. Sign language can also be expressed and understood through picture writing on rocks. This is better known as petroglyphs or pictographs. This rock writing system can be considered to be the libraries where communication of stories, genealogy, historic events, legends, and maps was handed down for everyone to know who they are. Today these rock writings can still be read, but by very few, as it is a dying practice, just as sign language has become. As in many cultures, Southern Paiutes now nod to show agreement or shake their heads in disapproval during conversation. The Southern Paiute people consider pointing to be very rude.

Paiute Pictograph