100-year-old Flora Greene, Patricia Hicks earn Nevada Heritage Awards | FirstNationsFocus.com

100-year-old Flora Greene, Patricia Hicks earn Nevada Heritage Awards

Special to First Nation's Focus

RENO, Nev. — Flora Greene and Patricia Hicks were presented with the Nevada Heritage Award during a special ceremony as part of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony's Numaga Indian Days Powwow in Hungry Valley on Sept. 2.

Greene, 100, of Nixon, is a member of the Cui-ui Ticutta Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe. She was born and raised on the reservation and is the oldest living alumna of the Stewart Indian School in Carson City.

Hicks was born on the Walker River Indian Reservation and grew up in Schurz. She has been involved in Indian dancing since she was a teenager and has remained involved with this art form for more than 50 years, currently as the director of the Agaidicutta Dance group in Schurz.

Nevada Heritage Awards, presented annually by the Folklife Program of the Nevada Arts Council, recognize and celebrate living cultural treasures: individuals who embody the highest level of artistic achievement and the highest level of service.

These awards, which include payment of a $3,500 honorarium, recognize lifelong commitments to mastering, teaching and sharing traditional arts.

Visit http://www.nvculture.org/nevadaartscouncil to learn more about the Nevada Heritage Awards.