Southern Ute tribal elder, Pearl Casias holds a pair of shoes she beaded for one of her grandchildren. Pearl spoke of the origins of some of her moccasins, including a pair of well-worn youth moccasins from the Sioux tribe.
Angela Baker won first place in the Athletic Display in the teen category for her impressive collection of Nike Air Jordans – which she paid for herself from money she made while working. She took home a skateboard and helmet donated by SunUte.
Southern Ute tribal elder, Pearl Casias won second in Adult Native Display and took home the evening’s Overall Winner award.
Mia Lopez speaks of her moccasin and shoe collection and talks of how she acquired them and various functions of some of her shoes – some good for hunting, and some for running. Mia won first place in the Youth Native Display. Navea Tensh won second.
Southern Ute tribal member Bertha Box spoke of her moccasin, passed down from her mother, Pearl Casias, and the many powwows, and events they have been worn to. Bertha won third place in the Adult Native Display.
Sky Dawn Moccasin’s display was titled, “Moccasins Tell Our Stories … from young to old.” Entries could be titled, and all contestants spoke of their collections and the meanings of their displays.
Southern Ute tribal member, Sky Dawn Moccasin sets up her display of moccasins from her family personal collection. She displayed family moccasins and heirlooms. Sky Dawn won first place in both the Adult Single Pair and Adult Native Display.
Southern Ute Cultural Preservation Director Shelly Thompson takes a look at Southern Ute Marvin Pinnecoose's person collection of shoes and moccasins. Marvin Pinnecoose is the Southern Ute Cultural Preservation Events Coordinator.
The Southern Ute Cultural Preservation Department hosted the Rock Your Mocs: REZ Collection at the Sky Ute Events Center, Monday, Nov. 15. Moccasins, athletic and various other varieties of shoes were on display at the inaugural event.