Fri Dec 3rd, 2021
Tags: Alston Turtle, Cassandra Atencio, Darwin Whiteman, Denver art museum, Elise Redd, Exhibit Opening, Free Day, Garrett W. Briggs, Helen Munoz, Home Land, Land Recognition, Opening Celebration, Ribbon Cutting, Southern Ute Historic Preservation Office, Ute and other Native Nations
The exhibit opening of Home | Land coincided with the Opening Celebration and Free Day at the Denver Art Museum on Sunday, Oct. 24.
Garrett W. Briggs, Southern Ute Historic Tribal Preservation Officer (THPO), explains that the exhibit “… Home | Land recognizes the Ute and other Native Nations who maintain cultural connections to these regions, whose ancestral and historic homelands are now in and around Denver, through their creation stories, oral history, ceremonies, and family relationships, which are preserved and perpetuated through the creation of material culture and regalia that are made from and symbolically representative of the landscape.”
While Ute Mountain Councilman Darwin Whiteman gave the invocation, Briggs spoke at the ribbon cutting and summarized the exhibit and recognized and thanked the Ute traditional knowledge holders (Cassandra Atencio, Elise Redd, and Helen Munoz) involved in the project. Other Tribal representatives in attendance were Cassandra Atencio, Southern Ute Deputy THPO, and Councilman Alston Turtle, Ute Mountain Indian Tribe.