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 Paiute had many social gatherings. They gathered together in large groups called a “big time”. Some reasons for getting together were piñon harvests, round dances, or funerals. Southern Paiutes had many gatherings/events that in today's society would be considered a holiday, but they were for celebrating the different times of seasons. Today a “big time” usually refers to a memorial cry or mourning ceremony called yaxape. Spring and summer were always a favorite for celebrations; people would gather from all around and meet where there were lakes, mountains, and an abundance of food. They would hunt, fish, and have games such as horse racing, foot racing, dancing, archery contest, gambling, and numerous other events. Spring was also the time for the Bear Dance, when the bear would come out of hibernation. This dance brought people from all around; there was food and fun for everyone.