Gareth Hughes: Unlikely Missionary to the Paiutes - View Gallery
Gareth Hughes standing outside his house in Wadsworth. Photograph courtesy of Special Collections, University of Nevada-Reno Library.
In May 1958, Reno and San Francisco newspapers announced that Gareth Hughes, Welsh-born silent screen celebrity and Shakespearean stage actor, was leaving his mission to Pyramid Lake Paiute Indians and returning to his homeland. The widespread and richly deserved praise for nearly two decades of tireless dedication to Nevada Indians was also punctuated with mysteries, theological controversies, and issues of personal identity. His legacy lives on today in the reminiscences of older members of northern Nevada's Paiute communities. They fondly remember his love, warmth, intelligence, and dedication to bettering the lives of those around him. At the same time, though, the questions surrounding his earlier life and relationships in Hollywood, California still linger.
All photographs courtesy of Special Collections, University of Nevada-Reno Library.
For further information see John Marschall's article on Gareth Hughes.
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