The Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center presents: Mountain Lion!

Museum Director Linda Baker explains a little about the display to Council Lady Lorelei Cloud during a visit to the Mountain Lion! exhibit.
Jazmin and Jace Carmenoros stand next to the exhibit displaying the distance a mountain lion can leap.
Southern Ute Miracle Ortiz smiles as son AhKeem pushes one of the buttons that play sounds that mountain lions make, from kittens purrs to adult roars.
Environmental Program Divison department head, Tom Johnson admires the different exhibits of the Mountain Lion! exhibit opening for employees and staff.
The Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy visited the newly established Mountain Lion! exhibit at the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum on Wednesday, May 25. The students studied the different exhibitions while showing fondness over propped mountain lion displays.
SUIMA students pose for a photo in front of the mountain lion mural they created for the museum. Students who participated in making the mural are: Haiden Valdez, Demarre Ketchum, Lillion Valdez, Davian Herrera, Jeremy Reynolds, Derek Sage, Walter Reynolds, John Oberly, Kylan Velasco, Kean Cantsee, Tallis Cantsee, Tarah Baker, Cherish Price, Leandra Litz, Sassy Reynolds, Henry Whiteskunk, Chad Benally.
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
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum
Damon Toledo | The Southern Ute Drum

The Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center (SUMACc) presents Mountain Lion!, an engaging, family exhibit. The exhibit was developed by the Center of Southwest Studies, in partnership and with support from the Colorado Division of Wildlife, the San Juan Mountains Association, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Sorrell Sky Gallery, and Durango Nature Studies.

The exhibit opened last Saturday, May 21 at the Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center (SUMACc), 77 CR 517, Ignacio, Colorado 81137.

The exhibit was developed to address the pressing need for greater public awareness on the growing issue of human encounters with mountain lions. Over the last two decades, there has been a dramatic rise in cougar sightings and dangerous encounters on the urban fringes of numerous Western cities. In a few rare cases, there have been fatalities.

The goal of the exhibit is to create an understanding of the nature of these predators and their long, historic relationship with people. The exhibit blends science, history, and art to provide a comprehensive look at this mysterious predator. The exhibit will feature dioramas, fossil representation of extinct mountain lion relatives, pop art, and the history of fierce cats like the North American Lion and the Smilodon, popularly known as saber-tooth tigers.

In addition to the re-opening of the museum, the name of the museum has been modified to Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center (SUMACc). The new museum acronym, SUMACc, reflects Ute heritage by honoring a plant that Ute basket makers harvest annually. Sumac, along with willow, are raw materials gathered in the fall, winter, or early spring by Ute basket makers.

SUMACc opened Saturday, May 21. Summer hours are Sunday-Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Thursday, 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The museum is located just south of the Sky Ute Casino and Resort in Ignacio, Colorado.

 

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