Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, Cedar Band perform traditional music and dance – St George News

ST. GEORGE- Jhe Cedar Band of Paiutes Youth presented a Native American flute and traditional powwow dance Tuesday night at the Pioneer Courthouse in St. George. Tribal elders from the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah and the Shivwits Band also gave insight into their culture at the event.

Thalia Guerrero, Queen of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, and her grandmother Corinna Bow, President of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, sing a traditional song at the Pioneer Court House, St. George, Utah, January 25, 2022 | Photo by Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News

Corinna Bow, president of the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, shared some childhood challenges growing up during the Indian Termination Policy period, during which the United States government targeted the Paiute Indian tribe for termination. Despite the hardships of her youth, Bow said she has fond memories of her mother trying to make Christmas and birthdays special.

The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah regained federal recognition on April 3, 1980, by an act of Congress. The tribe consists of five constituent bands in southern Uta: Cedar, Indian Peaks, Kanosh, Koosharem, and Shivwits.

“We honor and respect the people who have worked diligently to get us to where we are today,” Bow said Tuesday.

The program continued with Roger Clark sharing a Native American ethos and introducing the Cedar Band of Paiutes Youth who played flute and a powwow dance.

“The Creator gave us this land and to sustain our lives. So we take care of it, we watch it, and we only take the things we need,” Clark said. “When an animal is taken, or cedar or sage leaves are harvested, a prayer of gratitude is given to the creator for the things we may receive.”

Members of the Paiute Indian tribe of Utah and guests shared their culture at Pioneer Courthouse, St. George, Utah, January 25, 2022 | Photo by Stephanie DeGraw, St. George News

The Native American flute reflects the balance of harmony among Native Americans, Clark said, adding that every note on the flute is in harmony with each other.

“Listening to and playing the flute can bring balance and harmony to a troubled soul. But because musical scores are not necessary for this, the notes are composed right here at the microphone. No song is ever the same,” he said. “You will notice that when some of our youngsters get up and play, they close their eyes. The reason they close their eyes is so they can eliminate distractions from the room. So the things you hear are flowing and come from the soul of the Pied Piper’s heart.

On the road to the future

During his comments, Bow noted that the Cedar City Band of Paiutes held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in 2021 for their largest healthcare facility FourPoints. The new building will expand access to health resources for tribal members and residents of southern Utah.

In this October 2021 file photo, tribal officials dedicate a new FourPoints Health Center in Cedar City, Utah on October 22, 2021 | Image courtesy of Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, St. George News/Cedar City News

FourPoints Health is a medical facility operated by the Paiute Tribe of Utah. It provides medical, dental, mental and behavioral options to community members and Paiute Tribe members.

“The tribe owns and runs five different clinics,” she said. “You are all welcome to come to our health clinics because they are open to everyone. So enjoy it. We have all the vaccines and everything that goes with it.

Bow also said the tribe will celebrate regaining federal recognition with the “42nd Annual PITU Catering Gathering and Pow-Wow » June 10-12 at 440 N Paiute Drive in Cedar City. The event is open to the public.

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