The public is invited to Pipe Spring National Monument for a special book signing event on December 7, from 5 – 8 pm. Southern Paiute: A Portrait, featuring Southern Paiute elders and their stories, is a dramatic photographic exhibit that has recently been expanded and released in book form by the University of Utah Press. Southern Utah writer Logan Hebner and photographer Michael Plyler have been collaborating over nine years on this project.

Stephen Trimble, author of The People: Indians of the Southwest, said of the book: “Hebner...was able to record stories that exist nowhere else in print, interviewing elders who remember tales told to them by their grandparents – taking us right back to the 19th century.  We listen to the full sweep of tragedy and restoration in the life of this often-neglected Southwestern tribe as they ‘tell their own histories”... Michael Plyler’s quiet portraits reflect the same honorable approach. In moving and eloquent words, the Southern Paiute share with us the forgotten ‘clues to who they were, who they remain, how they’ve survived, and what will carry them into the future.’”

The photographic exhibit is currently on display through December at the Pipe Spring National Monument-Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians Visitor Center and Museum.The museum is open daily from 8 am – 5 pm. The book signing event will be held in conjunction with the Pipe Spring’s holiday event, Winsor Castle By Night, on December 7 from 5 – 8 pm.

Southern Paiute: A Portrait will be available for sale at the bookstore at Pipe Spring, operated by Zion Natural History Association.