Celebrating a new year

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Ute Mountain Ute elder, Alfred Wall Jr., Southern Ute elder, Elwood Kent and Justin “Bear” Lang sing songs celebrating the coming new year.
Alfred Wall Jr. says a prayer in Ute; a blessing for the food and for attendees at the New Year’s Eve celebration at the Southern Ute Multi-Purpose Facility. The celebration is hosted by the Elwood Kent family.
Like father, like son – Alyas Maez and his father Sam Maez sing alongside each other, with other singers, filling the Southern Ute Multi-Purpose Facility with songs to bring in the new year – in a good way.
Singers encircle the drum, singing songs to bring in the new year, Tuesday, Dec. 31 at the Southern Ute Multi-Purpose Facility. The annual event brings blessings, singing, food and community members together to ring in the coming year.
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
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