Southern Ute Pow Wow

You had me at "jingle dress." Just imagine the way your leathery fringe and glittering feathers will flutter in the southwestern breezes. If you've never attended a Southern Ute Indian Pow Wow then you just have to experience this one for yourself. Open your mind, stuff a lot of cash into your front pocket, put on some country music, and head out from Durango to the Sky Ute Fairgrounds in nearby Ingacio, Colorado...about 25 miles away. Mark your calendar. The Southern Ute Fair and Pow Wow is September 6 – 9, 2012

The Grand Entry of the Pow Wow is regal promenade in which hundreds of elders, dancers, and drummers enter these hallowed grounds in the most captivating, swirling, jingling spectacle with flashes vibrant colors. The Grand Entry is such a crowd pleaser that it repeats three times: Friday at 7:00 pm., Saturday at 1:00 pm. and again Saturday at 7:00 pm.

The drumming gets deep into your soul and the aroma of sage and sweetgrass transports your spirit to a time when the Ute tribe presided over this area for thousands of years. The ancient sounds of chanting and drumming tap into your mystical side.

This is your chance to discover little-known secrets and traditions of the Sky Ute tribe as you watch numerous contests. Over $50,000 will be paid out to contest winners in numerous categories such as: Women's Jingle Dress, Teen Girls Fancy Shawl, Men's Chicken Dance, Teen Boys Grass Dance. Gourd dancing and drumming competitions are wildly popular and a “must see” on your list.

An event with high attendance is the rodeo. What a truly American amalgam occurs when you witness Ute participants displaying traditional southwestern ranching and rodeo techniques...everything from saddle bronc riding to traditional steer roping.

Local vendors are on hand to provide you with hundreds of sweet and savory food choices. You can purchase some of the the finest bead work, jewelry, and art. Marvel at the array of costumes that are hand-stitched by tribal ancestors. And all means...invest in a good jingle dress (pictured below.) You just never know when the inspiration will strike you to perform your best jingle dance. Anytime is a good time to reminisce about the beautiful Ute Pow Pow and contemplate America's cultural heritage.

Durango is the perfect centrally located town to discover and learn about the culture of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Durango has a wide array of lodging and attractions. Take a few extra days to raft through white water rapids, fish the local Animas River and Vallecito Lake. Schedule a jeep tour with Outlaw Tours or hike 14,000 foot peaks. Discover some of the best hunting in the country.


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