The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah along with Southern Utah University are inviting the community to attend the Southern Utah Paiute Fall Gathering. The event is scheduled for this Friday and Saturday, September 30th and October 1st. The purpose of the Gathering is to bring together knowledge keepers and teachers along with members of the community.

Earlier in the year, SUU and the PITU began to collaborate on the Southern Utah Paiute Language Preservation Project. That project is an effort to preserve the language and cultural heritage of the southern Paiutes. The Fall Gathering event is one part of the Language Preservation Project and will celebrate and share the Southern Paiute language, culture, and current preservation efforts.

Keynote speaker for the Fall Gathering will be Dr. Stacey Oberley. Dr. Oberley is a member of the Southern Ute Tribal Council and is a specialist in Native American language and culture. Other highlights of the Fall Gathering will be the presentation on the value of oral history by Jedidiah Rogers of the Utah Division of State History and the night sky program presented by Autumn Gillard, an interpretive  ranger from Pipe Springs National Monument.

The event is supported in part by Utah Humanities. Friday activities will take place on the campus of SUU at the R. Haze Hunter Alumni Center while Saturday events will be held at the PITU gymnasium and pow wow grounds in Cedar City.

Everyone is invited to this free event. You can register and get more information at

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