Tri-Ute Games: Events & Guests

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Tavian Box enjoys sliding around the shaving cream, baby oil covered plastic at Tri-Utes Water Wars held on Wednesday, May 30 at SunUte Field.
Golfers from all three Ute tribes paired up for nine holes of golf in Aztec, N.M., groups were age based, and teams played through the course alongside their coaches and chaperones — this group played under the guidance of Eric Marquez.
Southern Ute athlete, Leandra Litz sings during a round of hand game against the Ute Mountain Ute team on Tuesday, May 29.
Tavian Box take a swing on the course, Tuesday, May 29.
Ute Mountain Ute athlete, Kerwin Tom kicks the ball as Southern Ute players: Elliot Hendren, Dewayne Hendren, and Dominick Goodtracks look on, during a kickball game on Wednesday, May 30 on the Patrick Silva Memorial Field.
Ute athletes competing against each other in golf, enjoyed themselves despite the bright New Mexico sun and summer heat, Tuesday, May 29 at Aztec Municipal Golf Course.
Virgil Morgan prepares to take his shot during a game of kickball.
Dominick Goodtracks is cheered on by teammates as he takes his turn during a game of kickball.
Southern Ute golfers, choose clubs for the course ahead.
Amaira Watts stands to take a photo with UFC Women’s Flyweight World Champion, Nicco Montano in the Tri-Ute ‘Selfie’ booth on Wednesday, May 30.
Golfers from the Ute Tribe take the lead on the driving range, Aztec, N.M.
Southern Ute athletes, Lorrain Watts and Dominick Goodtracks run throught the water Los Pinos Fire Dept. provided at the Tri-Ute Water Wars.
Runners make their first lap around SunUte Field at daybreak, as part of the Tri-Ute Games 5K run, which started and finished at SunUte Community Center, Wednesday, May 30.
Sunshine Cloud Smith Youth Advisory members, Jazmin Carmenoros and Elijah Weaver throw shaving cream at one another.
Ute Mountain Ute runner, Dirlenzo Frost makes good time along the Bear Trail as part of Wednesday’s 5K cross country challenge.
Dominick Goodtracks switches up the bones during the Tri-Ute hand games.
SunUte recreation staffers, Lisa Olguin and Able Velasquez time runners at the finish line for the Tri-Ute Games 5K run.
Vincent Naranjo hides the bones from the Ute Mountain Ute team during the Tri-Ute hand games.
Joseph Garcia rolls the bowling ball down the lane, hoping to get a strike at Rolling Thunder Bowling Alley a Tri-Ute Activity held Wednesday, May 30.
All in good fun, Tavian Box pushes Keona Whitey into the second base pool.
Willie Fuller heaps into the pool as Marquise Cibrian and Richard Joseph try to get him out at first base.
Leandra Litz waits to be able to run to the other base at Water Wars Kickball.
Vincent Naranjo leaps into a shaving cream and cold water filled pool in the hopes of not getting tagged out by SunUte trainer, Sean Etsitty at first base.
Gerald Howe (left) and Jerrika Rarick (right) stand with Women’s UFC Flyweight World Champion Nicco Montano on Wednesday, May 30. Montano was at SunUte Community Center for the Tri-Ute Games to meet the kids and give out signed pictures.
Rylie Lang and Kieley WhiteThunder enjoy the Tri-Ute Games down time and listen to guest speaker Tanaya Winder sing and play the guitar, a part of the Tri-Ute Games evening activities for all athletes on Wednesday, May 30.
Former Ute Tribal chairmen attend the 2018 Tri-Ute Games in Ignacio, Colo. on Wednesday May 30. Howard D Richards Sr., former Chairman for the Southern Ute Indian Tribe and Irene Cuch, former Chairman of the Ute Indian Tribe attended the archery shoot to watch the athletes compete and socialize with one another.
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Krista Richards | Special To The Drum
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Being Ute

(As presented at the Tri-Ute Games)

A poem by Tanaya Winder

 

Wake up, greet the sun, and pray

Burn cedar, sweet grass, sage –

sacred herbs to honor the lives we’ve been given,

for we have been gifted these ways since the beginning of time.

 

Remember, when you step into the arena of your life

think about those who stand beside you, next to, and with you

Your ancestors are always in your corner, along with your people

 

When we enter this world we are born hungry,

our spirits long for us to live out our traditions

that have been passed down for generations.

Prayer, ceremony, dance, language – our Ute ways of being.

Never forget you were put on this earth for a reason –

 

Honor your ancestors.

Be a good person, be who you are, be a good relative

 

We are strong, beautiful and unique.

We are a part of a great legacy,

carrying on traditions through the centuries.

 

We support each other, our sister tribes,

together (nana-ma) is the way we thrive.

We are a part of a family that never dies,

but endures into the spirit world.

 

We honor our ancestors by honoring our spirits in song, ceremony, and prayer.

We honor our bodies when we dance or play on the field or court.

We challenge and push ourselves to keep our culture living because we are alive.

 

We live, we love, we pray, we honor our ancestors

by embracing the strength and resilience that lives in our bones.

Our blood flows ancestral, Ute strong, coursing through our veins like rivers

reminding us to be who we are meant to be – brave, warriors who have survived.

 

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