Zion Celebrates Native American Heritage Month with Paiute Yucca Demonstration

Park Ranger Benn Pikyavit

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News Release Date: November 6, 2014

Contact: Aly Baltrus, 435-772-0160

Springdale, UT –Zion National Park is sponsoring a cultural demonstration on yucca and its uses on November 11, 2014. Park Ranger Benn Pikyavit, Southern Paiute Tribal Member and Elder, will be leading the demonstration on the Zion Lodge Lawn from noon to 2:00 p.m.

For thousands of years local Native Americans have used yucca as a tool, weaving material, and healing agent. This program will highlight the incredible variety of uses and traditions associated with yucca.

In honor of Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, is a National Park fee-free day. "We invite visitors and local residents alike to join us and learn about some of the traditional uses of natural resources found in our area," said Zion National Park Superintendent Jeff Bradybaugh. "Ben is a Vietnam Veteran and we appreciate his service to this country and the National Park Service." Mr. Pikyavit has been a National Park Ranger at Pipe Spring National Monument for more than a decade 

Last updated: February 24, 2015

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