At the Ute Learning Garden – CSU Extension Office – Mesa County Fairgrounds
Members of the Ute Indian Nations will perform at the Mesa County Fairgrounds on Saturday, June 12. Everyone is welcome to join the dances and learn about the Ute Indians.
10:30 is the Grand Entry when flags and staffs of the visiting Northern Ute and Ute Mountain Ute Indian tribes will be carried into the site by members of these Tribes.
Clifford Duncan, Ute Elder and Spiritual Leader will give a blessing in the Ute language and in English.
11:30 – 12 or there abouts - John Winn, local musician and composer – ‘This Lovely Planet’ - original song, words and music by John Winn
Tours begin at 9 a.m. and will be given every hour until 4 p.m. visitors will be escorted on tours of the gardens. They will see and receive an explanation of the traditional cooking hearths, the ‘Three Sisters’ garden, wickiups and teepee. Tour guides will discuss the history of the Ute Indians when they made Western Colorado their home. Visits to the various life zones from the low desert though the pinon-juniper zone to the ponderosa pine life zone will include explanations on how to identify the plants in each life zone and how they were used by the Ute Indians.
The entry fee to the Learning Garden is $3 per person or $5 per family.
The above painting by Ute Indian artist Kessley LaRose will be sold at a silent auction at the mini PowWow at the Ute Learning Garden, June 12.