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Public Invited to Natural History Museum to Celebrate Utah’s Indigenous People

Geoffrey Fattah, 801.245.7205

Communications Director, Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts


For Technical Information: James Toledo, 801.715.6702


For immediate release                      

31 Oct. 2014

Public Invited to Natural History Museum to Celebrate Utah’s Indigenous People

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Indian Affairs and the Natural History Museum of Utah will be hosting a free evening of music, dance and poetry in celebration of Utah Indigenous People’s Day.

The public is invited to attend Nov. 6, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Natural History Museum of Utah, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City.

Native dances will be performed by the Little Feathers dance group from the Granite School District, the Wasatch Eagle Dancers from the Nebo School District, and student dancers from the Ute Tribe. Dances will include the Hoop Dance, Fancy Dance, and Grass Dance, to name just a few.

The newly-released song, “Zion – You’ll Remember Me” will be performed by Melissa Hinton, Gary Tim and the Legacy Ensemble.

“Make and take Native art” will be available for kids, including clay art, petroglyph tile painting, and hand print art using spray paints.

The museum will also be open for attendees, including access to NHMU’s headline exhibit, The Horse. Awards will also be given out to students who participated in “The Legend of the Horse” poetry contest.

The Utah Education Network (UEN) will also be screening previews of Native documentaries to be broadcast during the 4th Annual Utah American Indian Film Festival, which will screen the documentaries at six university locations across the state in November.

Governor Gary R. Herbert’s proclamation in honor of Indigenous People’s Day will be read. State Senator Kevin Van Tassell, a member of the Utah Legislature’s Native American Legislative Liaison Committee, will be a featured speaker, along with guest speaker, Gari Pikyavit Lafferty, chairwoman of the Paiute Tribe of Utah. Darren Parry, vice chairman of the Northwest Band of Shoshone Nation will be the master of ceremonies.

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