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NEVADA HERITAGE AWARD 2018

Flora Greene of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (Nixon)
Patricia Hicks of the Walker River Indian Reservation (Schurz)

NAC’s Folklife Program is pleased to announce that Flora Greene of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe (Nixon) and Patricia Hicks of the Walker River Indian Reservation (Schurz) have been unanimously selected by a panel of western folklorists as honored recipients of the Nevada Heritage Award for 2018. Green’s special knowledge includes tanning and sewing deer hides, traditional beadwork, and basketry. “She has dedicated her whole life to maintaining the American Indian culture and preserving the Indian traditions and Paiute language,” wrote nominator Meg McDonald. Hicks has been involved with traditional dancing for more than 50 years and remains active as a dancer, teacher, and singer. She is also known for her basketry, beadwork, and making traditional buckskin regalia.

Nevada Heritage Awards recognize and celebrate living cultural treasures: individuals who embody the highest level of artistic achievement and the highest level of service. Their accomplishments assure that folk and traditional arts will continue to be known, valued, and practiced in their families and communities. These awards, which include payment of a $3,500 honorarium, recognize lifelong commitments to mastering, teaching and sharing traditional arts.