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, some Southern Paiute practiced plural marriages. This was usually done to provide for a woman who had lost her husband. A man would take care of his deceased brother’s wife and children; or it was the wife asking her husband to take one of her sisters in marriage. The man had to pay for his wife with gifts, usually animals such as horses, and give them to his mother-in law before he married the daughter.

Still to this day, Southern Paiutes continue to have social gatherings and dances where many bands/tribes get together to have a celebration and feasts. On these occasions, single men and women meet and dance together. This is considered the dating scene; where couples meet and eventually get married.