Kamotkut Paiutes celebrate ceremony on ancestral ground
|Terence James, vice-chairman of the Pyramid Lake Paiute, Madeline McIntire and Dennis Smartt, medicine man, gather at the dedication ceremony of the Ram Horn Springs/Numu Summuth campground.|
|Gwyndelon Pancho wears a traditional dress of the Kammutakuta Paiute. Photos by Jordan Clary|
June 18, 2013 — They’ve been misplaced by research, overlooked in ethnographies, but the Kammutakuta band of Piautes are finally being recognized for their place in history. Friday, June 7, members of the band held an official ceremony on the Smoke Creek Desert. The Ram Horn Springs campground will now share the name, Numu Summuth, which means “people’s gathering.” Although the ceremony was held at the campground, Mace DeLorme said the original sites of the two villages were actually four miles away.