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A Native People's Perspective on the History of Big Cottonwood Canyon

  • Brighton Fire Station 7688 Big Cottonwood Canyon Road Brighton, UT, 84121 United States (map)

Darren Parry is the Chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation and a descendant of Native American chiefs who shared, with the Utes, the Salt Lake valleys and canyons before the trappers, Franciscan Fathers and Mormon pioneers. He has an interesting story to tell about how the canyon was viewed and used by the native peoples.

Darren serves on the Board of Directors for the American West Heritage Center, in Wellsville, Utah, the Utah State Museum board and serves on the Advisory Board of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.  In 2017 he received the Esto Perpetua Award, given to the person who preserves and promotes history in the State of Idaho.  He is the only person from Utah to receive that award.  He attended the University of Utah and Weber State University and received his Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education, with an emphasis on History.  His passions in life are his family including his Tribal family.   The story of the Bear River Massacre and the outcomes of that horrific event need to be remembered. He is currently working hard to raise money and awareness so an Interpretive Center can be built at the massacre site.   It is important that the Shoshone perspective is heard.

Earlier Event: September 1
Sunday Concerts in the Solitude Village
Later Event: September 7
Sunrise Yoga at Solitude Resort