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Indigenous Day at the Natural History Museum 16 November 2012

For immediate release
16 November 2012 Shirlee Silversmith, 801.245.7208
Director, Division of Indian Affairs

Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205,
Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts

Photo Opportunity: Indigenous Day at the Natural History Museum

SALT LAKE CITY — Before the gorgeous valley backdrop found at the new Natural History Museum (301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City), members of Utah’s Native American tribes will gather Nov. 19 to celebrate Utah Indigenous Day; a part of the national Native American Heritage Month.

There will be a drum circle, singing, dancers, sand painting, native crafts for children and much more. Lt. Governor Greg Bell will be signing a declaration that honors Utah’s indigenous people.

Members of the media are invited to come and capture this unique cultural event. Event attendance is limited. Please let us know if you plan to attend.

5 p.m. Children’s activities (Clay figurines, making duck decoys out of reeds, rock art).
6 p.m. Meet and greet with Lt. Governor Bell.
6:15 p.m. Welcome address and declaration signing ceremony.
6:25 p.m. Nebo School District native dancers.
7:10 p.m. Dancers from the Ute tribe, Granite School District, Alpine School District and Nebo district.

For more information about Native American Heritage Month:

About the Department of Heritage and Arts
DHA’s mission is to enrich the quality of life for the people of Utah and nourish Utah’s economy. DHA creates, preserves, and promotes arts, heritage preservation and culture by offering a wide variety of programs through its six divisions: Utah State Library, Utah State History, Arts & Museums, Commission on Volunteers, Indian Affairs and Multicultural Affairs. By investing in Utah’s heritage, creative industries and diversity, DHA elevates Utah’s quality of life and contributes to Utah’s growing economy.