100-year-old Flora Greene, Patricia Hicks earn Nevada Heritage Awards
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.
After gold was found in California, silver was discovered in Virginia City, and the Comstock bonanza lured those seeking riches onto Washoe terrain. The settlers viewed the land as an object of financial opportunity. In a very short time, pine nuts, seeds, game and fish had been overused. The harmonious rhythm that the Washoe had maintained was broken.