Local Artists Offer Southern Paiute Lecture Next Wednesday

Writer Logan Hebner and photographer Michael Plyler

Hebner (left) and Plyler (right)

If you can make it to Springdale next week Wednesday, join the crowd in attending a free lecture and book signing by Rockville writer Logan Hebner and Springdale photographer Michael Plyler. Hebner and Plyler are both skilled artists AND engaging speakers, making their presentations consistently enjoyable. These gentlemen have undertaken some great work in recording oral histories from Southern Paiute elders, pairing these stories with authentic portraits of the storytellers. Fortunately, they have finally committed their endeavors to a printed book; I look forward to turning the pages of a copy.

Here is the news release from Z-Arts!:

"Southern Paiute: A Portrait", by Logan Hebner and Michael Plyler

Hebner & Plyler's new book, "Southern Paiute: A Portrait"

Join us for an evening with local author, Logan Hebner and local photographer, Michael Plyler for a discussion of their highly anticipated book, Southern Paiute: A Portrait, compiled from the Southern Paiute Oral History project.  A book signing will follow the presentation. “In this carefully-wrought book, thirty unforgettable Southern Paiute people speak to us.  Logan Hebner is our guide, our Studs Terkel – unfailingly generous and warm.  Hebner asks: ‘Why, in all this time, has nobody simply asked the Southern Paiute for their stories?”  Hebner did just that, and in doing so, he 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.’ Stephen Trimble, author of The People: Indians of the Southwest.

William Logan Hebner moved to southwest Utah in 1981, opening an award-winning restaurant and working as a river guide. He met his wife Angie on a peace walk from Leningrad to Moscow in 1987, and together they founded International Legislative Exchange, working with new parliaments emerging from ex-Soviet republics. With their sons, Jordan and Sean, they live on a mesa overlooking Zion Canyon. Hebner has published in High Country News, Best of Writers at Work and Northern Lights.

two Paiute womenMichael Plyler has been photographing for over thirty years. In 1993 he was awarded a Visual Artist Fellowship from the Utah Arts Council. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, has won awards, and is held in numerous collections. Plyler was the photographer for the books Pioneer Voices of Zion Canyon, and Zion Canyon: A Storied Land. He is presently the director of the Zion Canyon Field Institute.

Their project was made possible with support from  Z-Arts!, the Utah Humanities Council, Utah State Division of History, Zion Natural History Association, Zion National Park, St. George Pioneer Center for the Arts, Iron Mission State Park, Grand Canyon Trust, Nevada Arts Council, Lost City Museum, Green Valley Spa and the Tanner Humanities Council of the University of Utah.

Southern Paiute: A Portrait

William Logan Hebner and Michael Plyler

Free Lecture and Book Signing

Wednesday, November 17th
7:00 PM

Canyon Community Center
126 Lion Blvd
Springdale

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