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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Historically, Southern Paiutes were a relatively healthy population until the arrival of the Europeans. They relied on native plant medicines and traditional healers since there were no pharmacies or hospitals. Historically, resources such as plants and animals were abundant; however, sometimes there was not enough food and some people were malnourished. Sharing is an important part of Southern Paiute culture and all resources were shared to help minimize the times when there was not enough to go around. The Spanish were the first Europeans to interact with Southern Paiute. Europeans introduced the people to foreign foods and diseases. Diseases and sicknesses were common historically and huge numbers of Southern Paiutes were wiped out. Some diseases, such as small pox and measles, were spread as a planned part in certain regions to rid the Southern Paiutes of resources. For instance, in the mid 1800’s approximately 4,000 out of the 5,500 living Kaibab band members died from smallpox and measles. Diabetes has become a major health problem today, and many young and old alike are suffering and dying from this along with other ailments and diseases.

Shivwits Paiute Medical Clinic