Current Exhibits at Southern Ute Museum
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The museum is currently showcasing a number of exhibits this season:
2nd Level Welcome Gallery
Nuùchus: A Pictorial Journey
As Colorado’s longest continuous residents, the Ute’s have adapted and thrived throughout the years. These photographs taken around the turn of the 20th century, exhibit the fortitude and longevity of the Ute People. Each image showcases unique elements of Ute Culture. Examples of the Bear Dance, prominent Ute leaders, and intricate bead work can be found in the collection of photographs on display.
Exhibiting in the Temporary Gallery from April 5, 2019 to April 30, 2020 is The Inside Out: Visions from the Artist’s Mind. This exhibition is a look into the Southern Ute Museum’s permanent collection. The museum’s collection consists of an array of mixed media items, archival items, and objects while this space highlights ten Native artists and their contribution to fine art.
Northeast Hall Alcove
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.
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.
Lummi Nation Bear Totem Pole is on loan for an indefinite amount of time from the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition.
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
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