Runners invited to Paiute Tribe Spirit Run in September


Submitted by Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah

   CEDAR CITY–The Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah is sending an open invitation to all male runners (13+) to join them in their 10th Annual Spirit Run on September 22, 2018.

 The run will begin on the Cedar Band mountaintop off the Kanarraville exit and will conclude at the Paiute Indian Tribe gymnasium at 440 North Paiute Drive in Cedar City. The run covers approximately 15 miles (support vehicles are provided, runners will stay together and no runner is required to run the entire distance).  

 Originally, the Paiute Indian people inhabited vast regions of southern and central Utah, northwestern Arizona, and southeastern Nevada. Prior to the arrival of various modes of transportation and messaging, our people traveled by foot to deliver messages to their relatives in other band lands. Our runners were strong, able bodied, and enduring. They formed a Society of Healthy Warriors who protected their community.

 Damon Polk, a former Substance Abuse Counselor for the Paiute Tribe and one of the organizers of the Spirit Run, shares, “The Paiute Tribe recognizes this time of seasonal change in their homelands, and support the growth of our young men into healthy Warriors.” He says that this event is a time of celebration.

 ”In our first Spirit Run, we had four runners and it has grown each year. In the 5th run, 55 runners carried the traditional staffs. We conclude our run with a runner’s ceremony followed by a feast, motivational speakers and celebration,” Mr. Polk explains. “We will continue with special events such as friendly competition in Young Men Bird Singing, Youth /Adult Women Bird Dance, and Paiute Circle Dance Singing.” Our celebration is open to all!

 This event has evolved into a healthy rite of passage for boys whose lives are changing as they transition naturally into adolescence. This passage is under the guidance, direction and encouragement of our healthy adult male role models.

   The fast is an appeal to our Creator for individual and community peace, safety, health, and prosperity for all in this life. Participating agencies include: CCPD, AP&P, DCFS, SWBHC, SUU, as well as the Utah State DHS agencies, and Utah Office of Indian Affairs. We appreciate and celebrate the participation from our local and state partners/providers.

 The ongoing theme is “Moo’ koo uv Toho wee.” (Translates to Spirit Runners in the Paiute language)

 Runners will report to PITU/BC back conference room at 6 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22. The purpose of the run will be reiterated and all runners will be taken to the starting point. The run will begin at 8 a.m. and conclude at the Paiute Tribe gymnasium around 10:30 a.m.  The community is invited to welcome the runners and join us for a celebration and lunch. We will be serving bison burgers, salads and fruit.

 We extend a special invitation to all male runners and request that ALL runners contact Tyler Goddard prior to this event to register and for additional details.  Contact information: (435) 586-1112 Ext: 310 or tgoddard@fourpointshealth.org.

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