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 accept any visitor into their home, whether it was unexpected or planned. When visiting, it was customary for the woman of the house to cook, no matter what time of day or night it was. They would never ask if the guests were hungry, they would just cook. Out of respect, the guest could not turn away the food, even if they weren't hungry. It is always customary for the older members of the family to eat first. The hosts of the guest would also give up a place to sleep if guests were staying overnight. The people were taught to always respect their elders, a practice that continues in today's society. This is common in many native tribes. For example, Christopher Columbus wrote after his encounter with the Arawaks (the indigenous people living in the West Indies): "They are so naïve and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. When you asked for something they have, they never say no. To the contrary they offer to share with anyone".