A festive meal for all

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Joe Gonzales stirs the boiling pot of beef stew. This is his first Bear Dance in his 20 years of catering, as well as his first time prepping a meal in such a large pot.
Bear Dance guests line up along the serving tables, ready to enjoy their warm meal of stew and bread.
Bear Dance server sets up a booth of cold drinks on the warm, Monday afternoon.
Guests line up as the feast begins to serve.
A server hands out a loaf of frybread to a hungry patron.
Little Miss Southern Ute Alternate, Tauri Raines lends a helping hand in serving guests watermelon during the Bear Dance feast.
The last day of Bear Dance found itself with a shortage of frybread, but that didn't stop guests from jumping back in for second courses.
A lemonade vendor readies the lemons and drink mixes for thirsty customers.
Snow cone flavors are lined along one of the vendor displays. Customers have flavorful options of cooling themselves down.
Students from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY traveled a great distance to witness the traditional dance firsthand. It was their first time on the Southern Ute Indian reservation.
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
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A horde of guests lined up west of the dance corral for the prepared Bear Dance feast. Guests were offered the selection of beef stew, corn, fry bread, and watermelon on Monday, May 26 – the last day of the Bear Dance. The line stretched all the way around the corral, resulting in a shortage of frybread. Families and friends dined in harmony with many heading back into the line for seconds.

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