National Park Service (NPS) is proud to announce the regional television broadcast of its documentary historical film for Pipe Spring National Monument, “Encounter on the High Desert,” on KUED, the Salt Lake City/University of Utah affiliate of the Public Broadcasting Service. The broadcast premiere will be on KUED’s 7.1 channel on November 13 at 8 p.m., and on KUED’s World 7.2 channel on November 14 at 11 p.m., and November 26 at 7:30 p.m.

This is one of the first instances where a NPS documentary has been broadcast on a far-reaching television channel. KUED’s broadcast area covers portions of five states, including all of Utah and parts of Wyoming, Idaho, Nevada and Arizona.

Pipe Spring Superintendent John Hiscock said, “The goal of this broadcast effort is to spread understanding of the individuals, events, and cultures that influenced the nineteenth and early twentieth century history relevant to Pipe Spring, and, encourage visitation to and enjoyment of the national monument.”

“Encounter on the High Desert” covers the scope of culture and history connected to Pipe Spring and the surrounding region – the story of the Southern Paiute inhabitants of the area, Mormon exploration and settlement of southern Utah and northern Arizona, federal government exploration of the area under John Wesley Powell, and interactions of these groups.

The film was developed for broadcast, educational and institutional distribution, and is shown regularly at the Pipe Spring National Monument/ Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians Visitor Center and Cultural Museum. The film was also shown at the DOCUTAH documentary film festival in St. George and Kanab in 2011; at the Prescott, Arizona film festival in 2011; and, at the Arizona Statehood Centennial Conference in Phoenix, Arizona in 2012.

The film uses modern scenic footage, historic photographs, and interviews to portray a compelling story of historic significance. Interviewees featured in the film include: John A. Peterson – Historian, educator with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and author of Utah’s Black Hawk War, considered an authoritative work on Mormon-Native American relations in the 19th century; Janet Seegmiller – Historian, Southern Utah University Special Collections Librarian, Mormon pioneer descendant, and author of “A History of Iron County, Community Above Self;” Gevene Savala and Vivienne Jake – elders of the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians; Glendora Homer – former director of Cultural Preservation, and member Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians; Lex Chamberlain – Mormon pioneer descendant and resident of Kanab; Angelita Bulletts – member, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians; and Bennjamin Pikyavit - Ranger, Pipe Spring and member, Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians.

The film was produced by the Washington, D.C. award-winning firm of Hillmann & Carr, Inc. The film was made possible by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act, with funds derived from entrance fees from throughout the National Park system.

Information on visiting can be obtained at http://www.nps.gov/pisp/ or by calling 928-643-7105.