The Southern Ute Museum offers an experience for everyone; with four exhibits in the museum: the Permanent Gallery, the Temporary Gallery, the Veterans’ Alcove, and the Welcome Gallery.

While you’re visiting SUM, be sure to stop in the Museum Store as new items are available almost weekly!  We look forward to your visit.

Writing & Storytelling Presentation with Tanaya Winder

Tanaya Winder is a writer, educator, motivational speaker, and performance poet from the Southern Ute, Duckwater Shoshone, and Pyramid Lake Paiute Nations.  She grew up on the Southern Ute Indian reservation and attended college at Stanford University where she earned a BA in English and the University of New Mexico where she received an MFA in creative writing.  Since then she has co-founded As/Us: A Space for Women of the World and founded Dream Warriors, an Indigenous artist management company.  She guest lectures, teaches creative writing workshops, and speaks at high schools, universities, and communities internationally.  Tanaya writes and teaches about different expressions of love (self love, intimate love, social love, community love, and universal love); she is an advocate of heartwork and believes everyone has a gift they’ve been placed on this earth to share.

Saturday, February 23, 2019
11:00 AM
Tanaya Winder will present an interactive presentation and reading of selected poems. She will also discuss the importance of writing and storytelling, and give writing prompts with time for participants to write and share their writings.

This event is free and open to the public.




July 16, 2018

Museum Contact: Linda Baker

Phone: (970) 563-9583



FAIC Contact: Tiffani Emig

Phone: 202-750-3346






Ignacio, Southern Ute Museum announces that it is one of 80 institutions from across the country selected to participate in the Collections Assessment for Preservation (CAP) program.

CAP helps museums improve the care of their collections by providing support for a conservation assessment of the museum’s collections and buildings. The museum will work with a team of preservation professionals to identify preventive conservation priorities. The final assessment report will help the museum prioritize its collections care efforts in the coming years.

With the assistance of the CAP program, the Southern Ute Museum can better promote proper collection care and strengthen further strategic planning through organized and preventative conservation within the institution.

“Simply by applying for the CAP program, Southern Ute Museum has shown a commitment to preserving cultural heritage,” said Tiffani Emig, Programs Director for FAIC.

The CAP program is administered by FAIC through a cooperative agreement with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal grant making agency that supports museums and libraries.

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About Southern Ute Museum

The Southern Ute Museum is located at 503 Ouray Drive and specializes in Southern Ute culture, history, and education through its visual presentations of three dimensional and two dimensional objects. It is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Learn more at


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