Intertribal Gathering meet for change

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A Bear Dance presentation was held during a BBQ during the Intertribal Gathering organized by the Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversations Group. The group members from across the Colorado Plateau Region, presented updates on past initiatives, and addressed challenges facing tribal communities, focusing on Climate Change.
James Uqualla (above) gave a blessing before the BBQ prepared by Fort Lewis College students and Kenny Frost, who manned the grill. Deon Ben helped organize the three-day event in Ignacio.
Southern Ute Bear Dance Chief, Matthew Box gave a presentation on the Bear Dance, explaining etiquette of the dance.
Southern Ute Heritage Dancers, Tori Archuleta (left) and Matthew Box, receive Piki (paper) Bread from Deon Ben and Teahonna James for performing the Bear Dance during the BBQ.
Gathering members were able to ask the SUIMA staff about education and how tribal involvement can make a successful school system. Many members wanted to take the knowledge they received from SUIMA and develop schools or language systems for their people.
Carol Baker-Olguin also gave a tour of various facilities on the SUIMA campus, such as the infant classrooms and Ute language classroom.
Ute Language Design Coordinator, Georgia McKinley, gave a small presentation on the prominence and preservation of the Ute language in the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy on the morning of Thursday, Aug. 14. McKinley also spoke to the gathering members on how Native language can have a positive impact on tribal students and how it can be implemented into a program.
Shirley Cloud-Lane from the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum welcomes the visiting Tribes to the reservation on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
Kenny Frost gives the visiting tribes a brief lecture about Southern Ute history and traditions.
Kenny Frost gives the visiting tribes a brief lecture about Southern Ute history and traditions. “We appreciate you taking the time to visit our reservation,” Frost said. “As native people, we are always connected.”
The group acknowledges the museum architecture as Kenny Frost discusses its history.
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
Fabian Martinez | The Southern Ute Drum
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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The Colorado Plateau Intertribal Conversations Group held a Intertribal Gathering, to bring Gathering Members from across the Colorado Plateau Region to present updates on past initiatives and to decide more ways to address the challenges facing Tribal communities in this region. For this gathering, the focus was on ways to mitigate the effects of Climate Change, especially in Tribal Communities.  Discussions included improving the way tribes do things by supporting traditional dry-land farming practices, educating people on the effects of GMO’s or GM Foods, spring restoration projects, etc.

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