Rocky Mountain PBS will air “The Original Coloradans,” a half-hour TV documentary about the Ute people, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 13.
The program is the last in a 13-part series titled “Colorado Experience: Colorado’s Premiere History Series,” which began Feb. 21 and has also included episodes on the history of African Americans and Japanese Americans in the state.
Southwest Colorado viewers who receive New Mexico programming at home can alternatively view full episodes of the series online at http://video.rmpbs.org/program/colorado-experience.
A Denver-based film crew led by Julie Speer, the series’ executive producer and director, visited Ignacio over Memorial Day weekend to interview tribal members and film various events, including Ute Nations Day and a Bear Dance demonstration at the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum.
The series is a co-production with History Colorado, a state agency tasked with preserving and engaging residents and visitors with state history.
For more information, visit www.rmpbs.org/coloradoexperience.