PBS to air documentary on Utes

Edward Box III and Jake Ryder sing Bear Dance songs for the PBS film crew working on “The First Coloradans,” a documentary about the Ute people set to air Thursday, June 13.
Bear Dancers line dance outside of the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum during the filming.
Members of the Rocky Mountain PBS film crew shake hands with Bear Dance participants.
Edward Box III and Jake Ryder sing Bear Dance songs for the PBS film crew working on “The First Coloradans,” a documentary about the Ute people set to air Thursday, June 13.
Bear Dancers line dance outside of the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum during the filming.
Members of the Rocky Mountain PBS film crew shake hands with Bear Dance participants.
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum
Jeremy Wade Shockley | The Southern Ute Drum

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.

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