Southern Ute Bear Dance

Most likely, you've never experienced a Southern Ute Pow Wow, so make plans to witness the spectacular spring event entitled "Bear Dance." Open your mind and envision a colorful and regal promenade with hundreds of face-painted elders + my personal favorite…women dancing in jingle dresses.  Head out from Durango to the Bear Dance Grounds in nearby Ingacio, Colorado...about 25 miles away. The Southern Ute Bear Dance is May 24 – 27, 2013. Enjoy this clip that I found from a 2010 jingle dress routine.

Below you will find information from the official site of the Southern Ute Bear Dance. It outlines the leadership and rules of this year's event. Check out this historic black & white image, and notice the lady on the right…jingle dress! 

Chief: Matthew Box
2nd Chiefs: Jake Ryder and John Chavarillo
Start: Bear Dancing starts at 10:30 am
Feast: Bear Dance Feast begins May 27th at Noon
Location: Bear Dance Grounds in Ignacio, Colorado
Rules: No short dresses or baggy pants while dancing. Phone photos or video and recording are not allowed except by members of the Ute Tribes. The Southern Ute Tribe will not be held responsible for accidents, injuries, or theft. The Pine River is restricted.
Information: call (970) 563-0100

Durango is the perfect centrally located town to discover more about the culture of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Durango has a vast array of lodging and things to do. Take a few extra days to raft through white water rapids, fish the local Animas River and Vallecito Lake. Tap into your southwestern spirit and enjoy a jeep tour with Outlaw Tours or zipline.


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