Fri Dec 8th, 2017
The Southern Ute Drum
Recently the Southern Ute Museum opened a new exhibit focused on KSUT Public Radio, which highlights its legacy in the community.
With over 40 years of history, KSUT made a mark in the Southern Ute Museum with a brand-new exhibit built by Southern Ute tribal member Daniel Rhode, Cheyenne Caraway and Jed Smith. The exhibit is now part of the permanent gallery and displays pieces of KSUT’s history. Within the exhibit are a few newspaper articles, dating back to 1976-1977, written by the Durango Herald. It also includes the old wooden sign that use to hang at KSUT, a painted drum, memorabilia, photos, achievement plaques,
native music cassette, CDs as well as a 1964 vinyl record. Aside from memorabilia, the exhibit also displays one of the radio audio console mixer used by Eddie Box Jr. as well as a Marantz voice recorder.
KSUT has been part of the community since June 14, 1976, at the time it was one of eight tribal stations in the country. For the past 41 years KSUT has been a part of Ignacio and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. It has been operating for 30 years in a small building that was previously part of the Taylor Hospital for 50 years prior. They are currently in the process of raising money for their campaign “Fund Our Future Home” to raise 5.3 million dollars for the Eddie Box Jr. Media Center which will be the new home for Southern Ute Tribal Radio and Four Corners Public Radio.
Take some time and make a visit to the Southern Ute Museum to view the new exhibit as well as others showing the history of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. The Southern Ute Museum is open seven days a week from 10am-5pm.