Office of Community & Academic Enrichment

Native Heritage Experience

Celebrate the area’s Native American history with this two-day experience. Enjoy a special presentation by Eleanor Tom, Paiute Elder, in Special Collections at the SUU Library. Join Samantha Kirkley, state coordinator for Utah Project Archaeology, in an exclusive tour of the SUU Archaeology Repository and Native Heritage Exhibit at Frontier Homestead State Park. Visit Parowan Gap to see petroglyphs up close and learn about the location’s significance. After the experience, further immerse yourself in local tribe culture by attending the Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah’s Restoration Festival & Contest Pow Wow.

Transportation and a boxed lunch will be provided on day two. Youth over the age of 10 may register with an adult, but only those 18 and older may ride in the SUU vans.

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Summer 2019

TH, F / 9:00 am
Cost: $186
Date: June 6-7

Location: Frontier Homestead State Park
Teacher: Samantha Kirkley

Instructor Bio
Samantha Kirkley is state coordinator for the national heritage education program, Project Archaeology, and adjunct faculty in anthropology at Southern Utah University. She has worked in cultural resource management in the Midwest and Great Basin since 2006. Additional training in education has directed Ms. Kirkley's career toward public archaeology and community outreach. She organizes K-12 professional development workshops, 4H and Girl Scout camps, school excursions, tribal presenters, and community events throughout the state. She most recently published a 3-5 grade curriculum entitled Project Archaeology: Investigating a Fremont Pithouse.