A lesson in tipi raising

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The structure of the tipi takes shape. The experience of putting it together is part of the knowledge of staying in touch with traditions.
Freshman, Lexis Velasquez, approaches the structure with a support pole. All students lent a hand in building the tipi from the ground up.
Tommy Weaver and Cassandra J. Naranjo from the Culture Center instruct the students from afar, allowing them to work together. High School Senior, Rhemedio Lovato, handles the duty of binding the top of the tipi.
CJ Cloud, eighth grader, gets a boost from a fellow student as he secures the flaps of the tipi’s entrance.
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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Students of Ignacio High School paid a visit to the Southern Ute Culture Center & Museum on Thursday, May 8 where they were given directions on how to raise a tipi. As a way of educating the youth to heritage, the Culture Center instructed Shirrelle Garcia’s sixth-twelfth grade class how to properly piece the tipi together, ensuring it’s done appropriately.

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