Top Ways To Celebrate Native American History And Culture In Las Vegas

November 12, 2012 5:00 AM

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While some might believe the history of Las Vegas began with Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel building the Flamingo or the construction of Hoover Dam, Native American tribes such as the Pueblo and Paiute lived in Southern Nevada long before Anglo pioneers made their way through the desert. With a rich history and large Native American population, Las Vegas offers activities to celebrate Native American Heritage Month as well as exhibits at museums and art at galleries to be enjoyed all year. 

Tim Blueflint and Dennis Petersen: Native American Flute
Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse

Jury Assembly Room
333 S. Las Vegas Blvd.
Las Vegas, NV 89101
(702) 229-3515

Price: Free and appropriate for all ages
Date: Nov. 16 – noon to 1 p.m.

Tim Blueflint and Dennis Petersen perform traditional Native American flute music during the Downtown Cultural Bring Your Lunch series. Blueflint, founder of Shades of Rez – Native Flutes for The Seventh Generation, is an enrolled member of the Bad River Band of the Lake Superior Chippewa. Blueflint is a singer, dancer, educator and flute maker. Petersen grew up in Joseph City, Arizona, close to the Navajo and Hopi reservations, and developed an appreciation for Native American cultures.

Derrick Suwaima Davis, Champion Hoop Dancer
Clark County Library
1401 E. Flamingo Road
Las Vegas, NV 89119
(702) 507-3400

Price: Free
Dates: Nov. 14 at Windmill LibrarySummerlin Library and Rainbow Library; Nov. 15 at Clark County LibrarySunrise Library and Whitney Library

Champion hoop dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis, who is Hopi and Choctaw, maneuvers five rattan hoops around his body while creating intricate patterns and conveying the Hopi story of creation set to the music. He will also share his culture and history, and demonstrate why he is a five-time world championship hoop dancer. He will perform his Native American dance at various libraries in Las Vegas.

Native American Storytimes
Enterprise Library
25 E. Shelbourne Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89123
(702) 507-3760

Price: Free
Dates: Nov. 13 – Native American Stories Pajama Party at Enterprise Library, Nov. 15 – Native American Heritage Month at West Las Vegas Library, Nov. 24 – More than Moccasins at Sahara West Library

The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District is presenting “Storytimes” for children to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Native American Stories Pajama Party encourages children to wear their favorite pjs to read stories, sing songs and make crafts. Native American Heritage Month story time is the chance for children to listen to Native American stories and music and create their own dream catcher. More than Moccasins story time will teach children about the traditions of Southern Nevada Native American tribes.

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Indian River Gallery
Miracle Mile Shops/Planet Hollywood
3663 Las Vegas Blvd. S.
Las Vegas, NV 89109
(702) 598-3929

Indian River Gallery features Native American art and jewelry and represents artisans for Hopi Katsinas, Pueblo pottery, Navajo weavings, paintings, bronze sculpture and antiquities. Museum-quality pieces include gold, contemporary and traditional options. The gallery has been awarded a five-star rating by author, historian and director of the Center for Indigenous Arts & Cultures Dr. Gregory Schaaf, (Cherokee, tribally enrolled). Each piece is verified as Native American with documentation of authenticity.

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Clark County Museum
1830 S. Boulder Highway
Henderson, NV 89002
(702) 455-7955
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The Clark County Museum is operated by the Clark County Parks and Recreation and is located on a 30-acre site that features an exhibit hall with a timeline exhibit about Southern Nevada, chronicling the history and culture of the ancient Pueblo and Paiute, along with the first Anglo pioneers. The museum showcases the Paiute Indian village constructed for visitors to walk around and understand how this tribe lived and influenced Las Vegas.

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Debbie Hall is practically a Las Vegas native (34 years and counting) and loves experiencing everything in Southern Nevada from the Las Vegas Strip to the surrounding mountains and Lake Mead. She also teaches at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and loves sharing her knowledge. Her work can be found on

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