Colorado’s Longest Continuous Residents

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The Southern Ute Museum in Ignacio, is a Southwest cultural resource and regional highlight. Designed by Jones & Jones Architects in Seattle, Washington, who fashioned the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, the exceptional architecture and beauty of the building and landscape incorporate cultural symbolism and a connection to the land. Inside, memories and history from a tribal perspective give meaning to the phrase, “Numi Nuuchiyu, We Are the Ute People.”

The museum is currently showcasing a number of exhibits this season

Temporary Gallery:

February 23, 2018 – February 2019

Riders of the West, Portraits from Indian Rodeo: On loan from the Center of the Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College, are 60 black and white photographs from the Indian rodeo circuit, shown in its entirety for the first time.

Coming in spring 2019, Stepping Out: 10,000 Years of Walking the West from the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Fleet of Foot: Indigenous Running and Games from Ancient Times to Today from Amerind Museum.

Northeast Hall Alcove

Southern Ute Veterans: Southern Ute tribal members have served in five military conflicts, including World War I, when Native Americans were not United States citizens. This exhibit highlights Southern Ute Veteran Raymond A. Baker who has served 30 years in the United States Navy. Items from Mr. Baker’s personal collection are on display from November 2018 to November 2019.

Welcome Gallery

Lummi Nation Bear Totem Pole is on loan for an indefinite amount of time from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition.

Permanent Gallery

Numi Nuuchiyu, We Are the Ute People: The story of the Ute people, from prehistoric to modern times, is presented through photographic curtains, audio-visual presentations, interactive electronics, and life-size replicas, including a buffalo hide tipi, cabin, and school room. Ute baskets, a new exhibit case addition, focuses on organic materials and Ute coil technique, resulting in unique designs from three Ute basket makers. A children’s activity guide is available for this gallery.

Upcoming free museum events:

Saturday, January 19, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Description: Poet Layli Long Soldier will visit the Southern Ute Museum presenting a selection of her poems. Ms. Long Solider will introduce one to two poetic devices to participants, and conclude with writing time and sharing time.

Layli Long Soldier holds a B.F.A. from the Institute of American Indian Arts and an M.F.A. from Bard College. Her poems have appeared in POETRY Magazine, The New York Times, The American Poet, The American Reader, The Kenyon Review Online, BOMB and elsewhere.

Saturday, February 23, 2018

Time: 11:00 AM

Description: Tanaya Winder visits the Southern Ute Museum with an interactive presentation in mind. Ms. Winder will read a selection of her poems and talk toward the importance of writing and storytelling. Writing prompts with time to write and share their writings is encouraged.

Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator, motivational speaker, and performance poet. Winder grew up on the Southern Ute Indian reservation and attended college at Stanford University where she earned a BA in English and the University of New Mexico where she received an MFA in creative writing.

Explore and discover the Southern Ute Museum. The museum is open daily offering free admission. Hours of operation are from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at 503 Ouray Drive in Ignacio, CO. www.southernutemuseum.org