Indians gather near the Las Vegas Springs. Photo courtesy of
The Paiutes ("Pi-yutes") are Native
Americans. They were some of the first people to make a home near the Las
planted corn, beans and pumpkins. They ate the seeds of wild grasses and
pine nuts. They ate the fruit from the prickly pear cactus. They also
hunted animals like rabbits and mountain sheep.
The Paiutes lived off of the land, sharing what they
had with other local tribes.