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20 Thursday, February 13, 1997 Pahrump Valley Gazette Gazette on the street... How will you and your sweetheart be [ .. Retired Pahrump I I Ill II celebrating Valentine's Day? Pahrump Las Vegas Pahrump FRAN RUST -- Unemployed- "I am having a friend from outof town and wewill be showing her around. Other than that we have nothingspecial planned." JOE KACHVLIS-- Retired staying.home. Having breakfast toge dinner , Pahrump ired Tonopah Family Crisis Center 174 Mineral St. 482-5598 24 Hour Hot Line Ill l . l l l Pahrump 1061 E. 2nd 751-2900 then and now Comstock Paiutes subject of Historical Society lecture by Phillip I. Earl Nevada Historical Society n Thursday, February 20, Gene Hattori of the Nevada State His- toric Preservation Office will be delivering a lecture on "Northern Paiutes of the Comstock Lode" at the Ne- vada Historical Society, 1650 North Vir- ginia Street, Reno. This program is being offered in connection with the current ex- hibition in the Changing Gallery of the Reno Museum, "The People: A History of the Native Americans of Nevada through Photography" which will be on display through July 1. The lecture begins at 7p.m. and is free to the public. For further infor- mation, call the Nevada Historical Society at (702) 688-1191. An'archaeologist by profession, Hattori has researched Nevada's Paiutes and con- ducted field work on indigenous habita- tion sites in Virginia City. He has also authored "Northern Paiutes on the Comstock: Archaeology and Ethnohistory of an American Indian Population in Vir- ginia City, Nevada." Published by the Ne- vada State Museum, Carson City, the book is available in the gift shops of the Nevada State Museum and the Nevada Historical Society. Focusing upon social, economic and cul- tural adaptation during the mining boom, 1860-1900, Hattori chronicles such cultur- ally induced changes as the destruction of pinion forests and the introduction of cattle, Euro-American diseases, alcoholism and narcotics addiction in sketching the background of this neglected facet of our history. Northern Paiute mother and child, Virginia City, c. 1900 Nevada Historical Society Photograph Although some Comstock Paiutes continued to pursue their aboriginal hunting and gathering lifeways on a sea- sonal basis after the establishment of min- ing communities, many adapted to a new way of life. This often involved day labor in and around the towns on the part of men, and work as washerwomen and do- mestics in homes by women. Many also i sold fish, wild game and pinon nuts door- to-door, chopped fire wood, gardened for householders and otherwise took advan- tage of any opportunities which might come their way, Hattori finds. Also detailed in Hattori's pioneering study are changes in material culture- burlap bags replacing burden baskets, dishes and metal utensils becoming com- mon, castoff or purchased clothing in- stead of garments made from natural ma- terials, metal stoves being used and dwell- ings constructed of canvas, metal and other new materials. Social and recreational activities among the Paiutes also reflected their new way of life, Hattori finds - young boys shoot- ing marbles and sledding, girls playing with dolls and adults taking part in fan- dangos, gambling on the streets, appear- ing in parades and escorting their chil- dren to the circuses which happened through town. Hattori also hints at some of the darker aspects of cultural adaptation - alcohol, narcotics, new diseases - as well as racial discrimination and mistreatment by Euro-Americans. Join us on Thursday! ! AC IM abb beal VCS arot 12' Uru yeal opp, Cal( abbx peol nev( then 18E Mos atta( Gah stufl One Thre Coo l Me! mon Actv ARIE circle tascir new, from weekq daydr nece, TAUF with e I avoid you i nings favor( looks I GEMI intere pursu spirec meml: ive. Y doing CANC matte this wl manip shouk good 1 LEO(, an ob avoid( find s outlet. and ta VIRG( being worke rather straigt mome LIBRI could 1 shoppl to be r, ness!