10 years ago: When the first thunder of the season is heard across Ute lands, the young and the old bear dancers and singers stretch their arms and legs so they will be strong and well throughout the coming year. The Ute people’s thoughts turn to the annual Bear Dance.
This photo was first published in the June 4, 2010, issue of The Southern Ute Drum.
20 years ago: A three-day journey from Dulce brought members of the Jicarilla Apache Wagon Club to the Southern Ute Reservation. Wagon master Adolphus Caramillo (left) and Everett Burch led the wagon train over the Los Pinos River, concluding the traditional journey.
This photo was published in the June 2, 2000, issue of The Southern Ute Drum.
30 years ago: Lorraine Baker presents Ouray McCook, Northern Ute from Fort Duchesne, with a blanket. McCook, a descendent of Chief Ouray, was one of the distinguished guests at the Ouray Day festivities.
This photo was published in the June 8, 1990, issue of The Southern Ute Drum.
40 years ago: A woman flips her shawl towards the man she wants to dance with. The cat man makes sure he goes out to dance. As long as the person is in the Bear Dance corral he must dance when selected.
This photo was published in the June 6, 1980, issue of The Southern Ute Drum.