Southern Ute Indian Tribe
By: Mariah Aerts
The Ute tribe are the oldest people to live in Colorado, along with Utah, Wyoming, Eastern Nevada, Northern New Mexico, and Arizona. as you can see, they were a very large tribe. The Ute speak a language known as Shoshonean. The inhabited the mountains until late in the fall. At this time, they would leave the mountains and head to sheltered areas. During the 1600s, spainards began to inhabit New Mexico, changing the way the Ute people live. They now have livestock along with some unwanted diseases.
The Southern Ute tribe performs many dances through out the year. One of these is the Bear Dance. This is performed when the first thunder of spring is heard to welcome spring. Another dance they perform is the Sun Dance. This dance is performed in the summer and is a spiritual dance. During this dance, the dancer only dances once he gets a command to dance through a dream. The Southern Ute tribe also holds an annual powwow.