Aspen Ute Foundation holds annual powwow this weekend

Apr 4, 2018

Credit Rita Marsh

Several Native American tribes convene in Aspen this weekend for an annual powwow.  



Members of the Hopi, Navajo, Cheyenne, Lakota, Ute and Cherokee nations will perform traditional dances and songs in full regalia for the gathering on Saturday.

Diane Vitrac-Kessler, founder of Aspen Ute Foundation, said this year’s exhibition is a show of unity. “The goal is really to bring the communities together, of the tribal members from the different reservations and the local community or the tourists, so we realize that we are all related.”

Audience members can join the dancers for some parts of the powwow, like the social round dance.

Aspen mayor Steve Skadron and councilman Bert Myrin will be honored for supporting an effort to replace Columbus Day with Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

The powwow starts at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Wagner Park.