Memorial Day weekend brings dancers together

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Southern Ute Chairman Christine Sage looks out over the dancers, veterans, drum groups and audience members during Grand Entry.
Southern Ute elder Dr. Jim Jefferson speaks to the audience and contestants at the annual Southern Ute Bear Dance Powwow.
Tokeya Richardson and daughter, Cassian Richardson make their way through Grand Entry at this year’s Southern Ute Bear Dance Powwow
The Southern Ute Royalty stop to pose for a picture as they make their way around the dance floor during an intertribal song at the Southern Ute Bear Dance Powwow.
A young fancy shawl dancer makes her way through the Grand Entry crowd.
Head gourd dancer, Darwin Whitman Jr. leads the group of gourd dancers through the last blanket song.
Southern Ute Navy Veteran, Raymond Baker carries in the United States flag alongside Air Force Veteran, Austin Box who carries the Southern Ute flag during grand entry at the Southern Ute Bear Dance Powwow.
A young tiny tot dancer catches the camera during an intertribal song.
Contestants from the men’s golden age powwow category line up after their contest.
Arlene Suma, Willette Whiteskunk, Leonora Burch and Lisa Frost stand together for a photo after dancing during an intertribal song.
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
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Color, laughter and prayers from the annual Southern Ute Bear Dance fill the Sky Ute Fairgrounds over Memorial Day weekend. The event brings together various tribes and nations from across Indian Country to celebrate gourd dancing, powwow contests and hand games throughout the weekend; Friday, May 25 — Saturday, May 26.

 

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