NATIVE AMERICAN VILLAGE
Long before the Mormon pioneers and early settlers arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, the indigenous peoples called it home. In the territory that later became Utah, were five tribes; Shoshone, Piute, Ute, Goshute and Navajo. The Park's Native American Village portrays their joint contributions to our heritage. Native American interpreters representing different tribes tell the story of those who came before us, in dwellings built authentic to the time period.
The male and female hogans were built using timbers from northern Arizona and southern Utah, ritually cut according to Navajo tradition. The teepees represent the Shoshone of northern Utah, whose homes and lifestyles were significantly different than the southern tribes. With several notable exceptions, relations between the Native Americans and the settlers were relatively cordial during the settlement era.