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28th Annual Bison Range Ride…

Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 25 , 2014
This annual event is an opportunity to view one of the nation’s largest and oldest public herds as horseback…
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Arsenic and Old Lace

Oct 17, 2014 - Nov 3 , 2014
The PG Players will continue their 30th anniversary celebration by bringing back another comedy classic, Arsenic and…
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Oct24

Brent Godfrey Solo Exhibiton

Oct 16, 2014 - Nov 15 , 2014
In "Personae" Godfrey reflects upon who we are as individuals and communities. His figures move through…
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Oct24

Catch Me If You Can

Oct 8, 2014 - Nov 29 , 2014
A Regional Premiere! Fresh from Broadway! This high-flying musical sings the true story of Frank Abagnale, Jr. ...is he…
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Oct24

Cornbelly's Corn Maze and…

Oct 3, 2014 - Nov 1 , 2014
Cornbelly's is Utah's most popular Halloween destination. You're sure to be lost, laughin' and lovin it…
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Oct24

Creatures of the Night

Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 24 , 2014
Bring the whole family for a non-scary, outdoor adventure.  • Learn about native creepy creatures like owls,…
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Oct24

Damn Yankees

Oct 2, 2014 - Nov 22 , 2014
This rousing musical about America's favorite pastime knocks it out of the park! Hit songs and doubleheaders tell…
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Oct24

Dancing Across Utah

Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 24 , 2014
daCi Utah is an organization focused on providing high quality dance experiences for students and their families. By…
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Oct24

Dash in the Dark 5K

Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 24 , 2014
 The Utah State University Botanical Center will be hosting their first annual Dash in the Dark 5k on Friday,…
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Oct24

Fall Church Music Festival

Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 24 , 2014
Program featuring a variety of instrumental and vocal works received through the annual Church Music Submission.
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Oct24

Gallery Stroll

Oct 17, 2014 - Nov 21 , 2014
Galleries across Salt Lake are open for the public to meet artists and browse the exciting and thriving visual arts…
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Oct24

Gallery Walk

Oct 10, 2014 - Jan 1 , 2037
Presented by the Cache Valley Center for the Arts, the Gallery Walk occurs in downtown Logan on the second Friday of…
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Oct24

Hallow's Eve Exhibit

Oct 14, 2014 - Nov 9 , 2014
"Hallow's Eve" Exhibit at the Urban Arts Gallery The Utah Arts Alliance is proud to present…
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Oct24

Halloween Carnival

Oct 24, 2014 - Oct 24 , 2014
Midvale Halloween Carnival at Copperview Rec Center.
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Oct24

Halloween Lift Rides

Oct 23, 2014 - Nov 1 , 2014
Enjoy the beautiful scenery of Sundance while you soar over Halloween themed scenes and are greeted by costume-clad…
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Utah is home to five distinct American Indian cultures, each with a unique heritage that can be found in the state’s many sacred places, dwelling sites, rock art locations, and museum exhibits.

Utah's Tribal Cultures

Utah is home to five distinct American Indian cultures, each with a unique heritage that can be found among the state's many sacred places, dwelling sites, rock art locations, and museum exhibits. Click here for additional information about Utah's Indian cultures.

Utah's Living Legacy

Utah is named after the Ute Indians. It is a Spanish derivative that evolved from the first Spanish reference to them as Quasuatas, a form of the word "Yutas." Today, Utah's Shoshone, Goshute, Ute, Paiute, and Navajo (Diné) people continue to thrive on the lands of their ancestors.


Utah is named for the Ute Indian tribe indigenous to the north/central portion of the state. The "Ute" name was derived from a Native American word that was spelled and pronounced differently by early Europeans, ranging from the Spanish "Yuta" to the fur trappers' "Eutaw."


The Goshute, Navajo, and Paiute occupy lands in the desert regions of the state and adopted cultures relative to that region. The Shoshone and Ute culture was similar until they acquired the horse and adopted a mountain plains way of life, which enabled them to expand their range and hunt large game animals.

For more information about Utah's American Indian sites, traditional events or peoples, contact: Utah State Division of Indian Affairs - 801-538-8808
www.indian.utah.gov - State Website includes information on tribes, events calendar, and additional resource links.


Did you know? Petroglyphs describe ancient rock art where inscriptions or images were pecked or incised into the rock, while pictographs were painted onto the surface using plant and mineral dyes. The exact meanings of many pictographs and petroglyphs are yet unknown.


Ancient Habitation Sites, Rock Art Panels, and Museums

There are countless Native American sites of interest around the state. To the south, cliff dwellings and kiva ruins may be found at Hovenweep National Monument and Edge of the Cedars State Park. Rock art locations are preserved around the state. Across Utah are many sites where ancient stone dwellings and places of worship have been stabilized, preserved, and interpreted for the enrichment and education of present and future generations. The locations included below represent merely a cross-section of accessible sites.


Annual Events

Living Traditions Festival, Salt Lake City (May)
Paiute Restoration Days Pow Wow, Cedar City (June)
Heber Valley Pow Wow, Soldier Hollow (June)
Northern Ute Pow Wow, Fort Duchesne (July)
Annual Pioneer Celebration, Monument Valley (August)
Native American Festival and Pow Wow, West Valley City (August)
Bear Dance: Traditional Hand and Stick Games, White Mesa (September)
Bear Dance, Bluff (Labor Day)
Navajo Fair and Rodeo, Bluff (September)
Native American Pow Wow, Tooele (September)

 

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