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“World-class Presentation of the Southern Ute Nation”

Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center
Ranked #2 of 3 things to do in Ignacio
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Owner description: Thank you for your interest in the Southern Ute Museum, located on the Southern Ute reservation, and operated by the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, “Ute Seasons”, an exhibit of seasonal relevance for Ute people, begins in the Welcome Gallery. Timber and steel rise 60 feet toward a medicine wheel ceiling, offering a view of the sky. The Permanent Gallery tells the story of Ute people through large photographic curtains, life size replicas, video, audio, touchscreen equipment, and the “Circle of Life”, a multi-screen short film. The Temporary Gallery features “Mountain Lion!” (through September 2017), created by the Center of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. This family-friendly exhibit features large dioramas, calls of the lion, fossil representations, an informative video about large cats, and many artifacts. A Southern Ute Veterans exhibit, the latest display to be developed at the museum, presents a unique history of tribal members in the military. This exhibit provides cultural, historical, and educational information with panels, photographs, beadwork, basketry, a world map of historical military conflicts, and Navy diving helmet with select equipment. In addition to exhibits, “Behind the Scenes” tours are available. These specialized tours offer a closer look at the Museum’s inner workings, including the journey an object takes, beginning with arrival, to collections, to display. The tour also provides a unique insight and broader perspective of the Southern Ute Museum’s mission and purpose. Tours can accommodate families to large groups. There is a nominal charge, and reservations are required. Please call for more information. On behalf of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, we invite you to visit our Museum, and hope you enjoy your visit to the land of the “Shining Mountains” in beautiful southwest Colorado.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Reviewed August 22, 2012

I found out more in an hour from the interactive exhibits and presentations than I had discovered in weeks of searching for and reading books about the Southern Ute nation. Although now a fragment of what they earlier had, the Utes have managed to hold onto some of their historical territory and to keep their way of life alive as well. An interesting aspect of the exhibits is listening to Utes talking about themselves and their world in their own language.

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Reviewed May 5, 2012

This is a great Indian cultural center! The Southern Utes at least got to stay in a small portion of the land that they once roamed freely, and they have done such a wonderful job of building a first rate resort & casino with the cultural center right next door. The center is very well done and first class. Our group went to the casino and did a little gambling, ate at the buffet, went to the cultural center, then shopping in Durango, and back to Pagosa Springs where we were staying. Excellent day trip out of Pagosa Springs (great little town with so much to do in such beautiful surroundings and the friendliest people ever.)

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