Celebrating our warriors with song & dance

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Veterans from the Four Corners region and beyond pose for a group photo prior to the Grand Entry of the Southern Ute Veterans Powwow in the Sky Ute Casino Resort. The annual powwow was held in the Event Center, Saturday, Nov. 7.
The Color Guard for the annual Southern Ute Veterans Powwow brings in the various flags, of different tribes, and branches of the U.S. Military during Grand Entry.
Veterans follow the Color Guard into the Sky Ute Events Center during Grand Entry. Will Light, Ute Mountain Ute Casino Color Guard, and Southern Ute Veterans, Ronnie Baker, Gilbert Washington Jr., and Dewitte Baker.
Head Woman, a representative of the Navajo Lady Warriors and Head Man, Austin Box salute during the singing of the National Anthem by Marlena Begay.
Royalty of the Ute Mountain Ute and Southern Ute Tribes made their way forward to the head of the arena prior to their individual introductions and words of welcome.
Tiny tots – our future, make their way into the powwow arena during Grand Entry of the Veterans Powwow.
Misty Ryder (right) was one of the women participating in the Women’s Traditional dance special.
Miss Indian Colorado, Helaina B’ann Taylor took part in the Veterans Powwow as Royalty and a dance contestant.
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
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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The Southern Ute Veterans Powwow, took place on Saturday, Nov. 7. The annual event was held in the Sky Ute Casino Resort’s Event Center. The powwow welcomed back the Gourd Dance, after a two-year absence. Dancers from the 4 Corners Gourd and Southern Straight Dance Society took part in the gourd dance. The Veterans Powwow hosted many dancers, and served approximately 300 people during the supper break, filling the bingo hall to capacity.

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