Fund raising for La Plata youth

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Nathan Strong Elk takes a moment to bless Rotary Park, including those in attendance. The La Plata Family & Rainbow Children fundraising event was held on Sunday, Aug. 2 in Durango.
Nathan Strong Elk delivers the opening blessing before going into a traditional song sung in the Southern Ute language.
Sarah Cuch (front) aids her dance partner in the rainfall during a demonstration of the traditional Ute Bear Dance.
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
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The La Plata Family & Rainbow Children fundraising program was held on Sunday, Aug. 2 at Durango’s Rotary Park in light of awareness centered on children who grew up in abusive environments, including drugs/alcohol, physical, and mental. The program also spreads awareness in the bullying of transgender youth and teens. Southern Ute tribal member, Nathan Strong Elk represented the Southern Ute Indian Tribe by providing the opening blessing, as well as a demonstration of the traditional Bear Dance. Additionally, a crafted flute, growler, and buffalo hide were auctioned along with artwork by Russell Box Sr. The auction brought in a total of $1,510.

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