Celebrate Restoration With The Paiute Tribe of Utah
If you live in Utah, you’re probably familiar with powwows and Cedar City is no exception. Every year the Paiute Tribe of Utah puts together a Restoration Gathering Powwow. According to the Naya Family Center, a powwow is defined as "a Native American tradition that brings together many different tribes and communities. It's a special event for Native American communities that celebrates dance, song, socializing, and honors a rich heritage".
If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what the “restoration” bit of the title means.
Well, according to the Paiute Tribe of Utah website, in 1954 the Utah Paiutes were wrongfully subject to the Termination Act which terminated the Paiute’s federal recognition and Federal trust responsibility. In 1980, the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Restoration Act restored the federal trust relationship to the Tribe.
It established the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah as a federally recognized Tribe comprised of five constituent bands Cedar, Indian Peaks, Kanosh, Koosharem, and Shivwits. The Paiute Tribe of Utah has reservation land throughout southwestern Utah, including the counties of Iron, Millard, Sevier, and Washington.
The 43rd Annual Paiute Restoration Powwow takes place at the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah Outdoor Arbor at 440 N Paiute Drive in Cedar City June 16th-18th. Activities include a softball tournament, hand game tournament, spirit run, food, vendors, and more.
You can find out more at the Paiute Tribe of Utah website linked above.