As part of Great Basin National Park's 10th anniversary, special American Indian events are planned for this weekend.
"Shoshone and Paiute people have strong cultural ties to this land," said Park Superintendent Becky Mills. She added that park officials are developing a working relationship with American Indians by using their culture and heritage to educate other groups about the roles they have played in the park's history.The winter schedule was also announced, having gone into effect a month early because of funding and staff cutbacks.
American Indian programs will begin Friday at 6 p.m. (Pacific time) at the community hall in the town of Baker, Nev. Southern Paiute Elder Clifford Jake will present the history of the Indian people in eastern Nevada and western Utah, Mills said. Music will be an added attraction.
The "Shoshone Dancers" of Ely, Nev., will perform traditional dances at the same location Saturday at 6 p.m. (Pacific time) The American Indian event will conclude at sunrise Sunday at 6:45 a.m. (Pacific time). Johnnie Bobb of the Shoshone Tribe will perform a blessing at the Upper Lehman Creek Campground.
The winter schedule at Great Basin includes ranger-led walks of Lehman Caves daily at 10 a.m., 1:30 and 3:30 p.m. for one and one-half or two hours. Tours of the first room can be conducted upon request between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
The new visitor center hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Other winter programs are also planned, Mills said.
The Great Basin National Park is near the Utah-Nevada border about 90 miles west of Delta. It can be reached from Utah or Nevada by traveling on U.S. 50.