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Aspen Ute Foundation holds annual powwow this weekend

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.  


Contributor Christin Kay is passionate about the rich variety of arts, cultural experiences and stories in the Roaring Fork Valley. She has been a devotee of public radio her whole life. Christin is a veteran of Aspen Public Radio, serving as producer, reporter and interim news director.
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