Events recognize and teach American Indian traditions
• The Under One Sky exhibit at the Nevada State Museum, 600 N. Carson St., Carson City. The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 daily. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors, and free for children under 18. For information, call 687-4810.
• Rosemary Rogers-deSoto and her sister Elaine Smokey – possibly the last two women in the Great Basin who know the art of making baskets out of horsehair – will demonstrate the art at the Nevada State Museum from 1-4 p.m. Saturday. Their father, Alfred Rogers, will join them to perform traditional Paiute songs in a program co-sponsored by the Nevada Arts Council. The only cost is regular museum admission (see above).
• The next program will feature Western Shoshone member Spider Teller demonstrating how to make hand-tooled saddles Oct. 9.
• The Pine Nut Festival held by the Walker River Paiute Tribe will be Sept. 15-19 at the park in Schurz. The event features the blessing of the pine nuts, pine nut songs, circle dances, an all-Indian rodeo and a pow wow. For details call the tribe at (775) 773-2306 or their cultural department at (775) 773-2853.
• The Labor Day Weekend pow wow in Hungry Valley features dance contests with competitors of all ages in full regalia, vendors booths and food. Drive out the Pyramid Highway and turn on Eagle Canyon Road. Follow it up and around to the gathering. For details call the Reno Sparks Indian colony at 329-2936.
• The Pyramid Lake Museum at 709 State Street in Nixon is open most days from 8 a.m. to 4:30 during the week and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed Sundays. It has exhibits ranging from ancient stone tools to trench knives brought home by American Indians sent to fight in World War I. Call director Ben Aleck at (775) 574-1088.
• Another award-winning exhibit at Pyramid Lake can be found at High Desert Recreation near the marina in Sutcliffe. Open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., it features an interesting history of the lake and local people. Call (775) 476-1156.