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Ute culture on display in traveling exhibit, drumming demo

Aspen Historical Society

A traveling exhibition about Ute culture is making its way around the Western slope, and a Ute drumming demonstration will be held in Aspen this weekend. They both provide an opportunity to learn about the tribe's past and present.



The exhibit "Season of the Nuche: Transitions of the Ute People" includes photos and stories that are organized by season.  That’s meant to reflect the cyclical way the Ute tribe views time.

Lisa Hancock, Aspen Historical Society’s curator of collections, said the exhibit is focused on much more than historical artifacts. “The Ute people are not a past-tense culture. They are a current culture. So we juxtapose historic images with modern-day color images.”

This month, "Seasons of the Nuche" is on display at the Rifle Branch Library.  After that, it heads to the Grand Valley Historical Society.

On Saturday, members of the Northern Ute Tribe will perform a drumming demonstration at the Aspen Art Museum starting at 3:00 p.m.  


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.