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Southern Ute Museum
P.O. Box 737
503 Ouray Drive
Ignacio, CO 81137

970-563-4884 fax

Southern Ute Museum:  The Southern Ute Museum was established in 1971 to preserve and promote Ute culture and history.  The museum offers an experience for everyone, with four exhibit spaces in the museum: the permanent gallery, the temporary gallery, the Veterans' alcove, and the welcome gallery. The Southern Ute Museum store contains locally made art and jewelry.  The museum is open daily 10AM to 5PM.

Current Exhibits

When: February 23, 2018 – February 2019
Where: 503 Ouray Drive, Ignacio, CO 81301
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Description: Temporary Gallery

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. The exhibit includes large photographic curtains and rodeo gear from local cowboys.

When: November 2018 – November 2019
Where: 503 Ouray Drive, Ignacio, CO 81301
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Description: 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.

Where: 503 Ouray Drive, Ignacio, CO 81301
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Description: Welcome Gallery

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

Numi Nuuchiyu, We Are the Ute People
Where: 503 Ouray Drive, Ignacio, CO 81301
Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Description: 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. Six themes preside over the Permanent Gallery: welcome, long time ago, camp scene, reservation life, celebrating traditions, and current events. 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.

KSUT Public Radio, featuring 40 years 1976-2016: What started as a small tribal radio station focused on broadcasting information to tribal members in the Ute language has developed into a regional favorite: an NPR affiliate community station and a Native radio station with multiple programs. This exhibit showcases the history of “two stations under one signal”, and includes photographs, promotional items, posters, CD productions, and early newspaper clippings.

Museum Events

All museum EVENTS are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

Screenwriting Presentation with Peshawn Bread
Saturday, January 19, 2019
5:00 – 6:30 PM

PBread BannerPeshawn Bread will present the process of taking a story and translating it into screenwriting format.  She will interact with participants to create their very own screenplay ready to shoot and take home.

Peshawn Bread is a writer of poetry and screenplays as well as a camera woman.  Bread is a fourth-year student at the Academy of Art University where she studies Screenwriting and has experience working on independent films.  Bread is a Sundance Film Festival Alumni of many programs. In the winter of 2015 she was introduced and welcomed as one of Sundance Institute’s Full Circle Kellogg Fellows.  In the summer of 2016 she assisted with the Sundance Filmmaker’s Lab in Santa Fe, NM.

All events are free and open to the public.

Ute Storytelling
When: Saturday, February 23, 2019
Where: 503 Ouray Drive, Ignacio, CO 81301
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Description: Tanaya Winder visits the Southern Ute Museum with an interactive presentation in mind. Ms. Winder will also 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 from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations. She 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. Since then she has co-founded As/Us: A Space for Women of the World and founded Dream Warriors, an Indigenous artist management company. She guest lectures, teaches creative writing workshops, and speaks at high schools, universities, and communities internationally. Tanaya writes and teaches about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love); she is an advocate of heartwork and believes everyone has a gift they’ve been placed on this earth to share.