Utes kick up dust at Bear Dance

Hunter Knight and partner keep up the momentum as they dance the last dance at the Northern Ute Bear Dance on Monday, May 14.
Tom Alires and Emma Kanip line dance on Sunday, May 13.
The Ignacio Singers sing hard at the Northern Ute Bear Dance in Fort Duchesne, Utah.
Proud women, mothers and grandmothers stand tall while being honored with a women’s Bear Dance song at the Northern Ute Bear Dance.
Lexy Young enjoys the annual spring celebration in Fort Duchesne, Utah, Sunday, May 13.
Learning has always been a part of this annual Bear Dance celebration. Young ladies learn by watching older family members dancing.
Young dancers get the rhythm of the growlers.
Jonathon Chavarillo smiles and enjoys the Bear Dance.
Tyson Thompson steps away from growling to get in a little dancing at the 2018 Northern Ute Bear Dance.
Northern Ute Bear Dance Chief, Antonio Kanip announces the last dance at the Northern Ute Bear Dance on Monday, May 14.
Mariah Cuch hangs in there on the last dance also known as the endurance dance. The singers ended up winning in the 9th round.
On the last dance, Northern Ute Singers lay their hats down in front of the growling box. If they win they keep their hats, if they lose the dancers get them. The singers ended up winning in the ninth round of singing.
Jonathon Chavarillo enjoys the Bear Dance
On the last dance, Northern Ute Singers lay their hats down in front of the growling box. If they win they keep their hats, if they lose the dancers get them. The singers ended up winning in the ninth round of singing.
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
Trennie Collins | The Southern Ute Drum
McKayla Lee | The Southern Ute Drum

The Northern Ute Bear Dance was held on the the Uintah and Ouray reservation

Friday, May 11 — Monday, 14. Dancers from all tribes were welcomed to attend this annual spring celebration. Singers and dancers from all three Ute tribes made an appearance honoring the celebration.

 

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