The Ute Indian Museum: A Capsule History and Guide

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The Ute Indian Museum: A Capsule History and Guide
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The Ute Indian Museum: A Capsule History and Guide
EchoHawk, Dana
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Center for Colorado and the West
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The Ute Indian Museum: A Capsule History and Guide | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/8/2015 1:05:20 PM] Home The Ute Indian Museum: A Capsule History and GuideThe Ute Indian Museum: A Capsule History and GuideSubmitted by jainlayconley on 12-16-2009 02:41 PMAuthor: Larry Borowsky Publishing: Denver, CO: Colorado Historical Society, 2009. 63 pages. Photos. 7 x 7. Paperback. Reviewer: Dana EchoHawk Reviewer Affiliation: University of Colorado Denver The Ute Indian Museum: A Capsule History and Guide is packed with basic facts outlining Colorados Ute tribal history. The Ute creation story begins their saga. Living in Colorado longer than any other people, they forged the paths later traveled by fur trappers and settlers. Published by the Colorado Historical Society (CHS) as a guidebook for their Ute Indian Museum in Montrose, Colorado, author Larry Borowsky meets the challenge of covering eons of time in a small fiftyeight-page booklet. Having thirteen bands, the Utes were once numbered among the largest tribes in the West. Today, consolidated into seven bands they are spread among three separate reservations, two in Colorado and one in Utah. The Ute Mountain Ute and the Southern Ute reservations in southern Colorado are home to the Nuu-ci, the people, as the Utes call themselves. The name Ute was given to them by the Spanish, as was the horse that consequently increased the tribes strength and economy across the plains. The Utes lost their nomadic hunter-gatherer life style as settlers, fur trappers, and miners increasingly pushed them into smaller and smaller corners of southwestern Colorado. Despite this loss, to this day the Utes practice their traditional spring Bear Dance and maintain time-honored sites. The book is filled with captioned and dated historic photographs. Ute families are shown in photographs dating back to the late 1800s. Images of the Rio Grande, the San Juan Mountains, Glenwood Canyon, South Park, and other landscapes provide a sense of place for the reader. Other photographs capture horses, ceremonies, tipis, wikiups, and Ute leaders. Maps show historic and contemporary Ute territory. Author Larry Borowsky, a former CHS publications staffer, adequately addresses the sweep of Ute history into the present time. The first official agreement between the Utes and the United States came in 1849. A decade later the trickle of pioneers became a torrent during the Gold Rush(31). The Utes defied attempts to turn them into stationary farmers, which ended tragically in the Meeker Massacre (1880). After this uprising, three northern Ute bands were expelled from Colorado to a reservation in the desert of eastern Utah. Other bands were confined to the two Colorado reservations. Ute history and culture are preserved and celebrated at the Ute Indian Museum founded by CHS in 1956. This booklet might have included a suggested reading list for those wishing to delve into more details of Ute history. As a purported guide it might have also listed other Ute sites such as those in Ignacio and EXPLORE BY MEDIABook Reviews Photographs Video Biographies New Publications Resource Guides County Newspaper HistoriesEXPLORE BY TOPICLand & Natural Resources Government & Law Agriculture Mining Commerce & Industry Transportation People & Places Communication Healthcare & Medicine Education & Libraries Cultural Communities Recreation & Entertainment Tourism ReligionEXPLORE BY CULTUREHispanic Native AmericanWithin Colorado boundaries are lands once claimed by Spanish kings and Mexican governors.


The Ute Indian Museum: A Capsule History and Guide | Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library[12/8/2015 1:05:20 PM] Auraria Library 303-556-4587 1100 Lawrence Street Denver, Colorado 80204 In the News Partners & Donations About Us Contact Us Towaoc, and resources such as the Denver Art Museum and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Reviewer Info: Dana EchoHawk is a graduate student at the University of Colorado Denver. She is majoring in public history with a focus on historic preservation and heritage tourism. Her studies in public history complement her cultural resource documentary work and her undergraduate degree in visual cultural journalism. In 2009 Dana received a Coulter Foundation Scholarship in Colorado history. She has a fellowship at the Center for Colorado & the West at Auraria Library and is a Koch-UCD Fellow at the Colorado Historical Society. Add new comment