July 4th Closure

The Southern Ute Museum will be closed in observance of the Independence Day holiday from July 3rd – July 5th and will resume normal business hours July 6th.


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.



On Saturday, May 25, from 12:30 – 6:00 (Southern Ute Bear Dance weekend), the Southern Ute Museum in Ignacio, CO will be hosting an event to celebrate the unveiling of gray wolf photos donated to the Museum’s permanent collection.



·Blessing & unveiling of Living with Wolves photograph donations to the Museum

·Meet the wolves of WolfWood Refuge

·Wolf restoration and Ute culture remarks by knowledgeable speakers

·Screening of short films in the Museum’s Large Classroom

·“Old Style” food bucket hand-out (first come, first serve)



·Shaun Chapoose, Ute Tribe

·Delia Malone, Wildlife Committee Chair, Sierra Club, Colorado Chapter

·Diana Tomback, Professor of Forest Ecology and Conservation Biology, Department of Integrative Biology University of Colorado, Denver

·Prepared remarks on behalf of Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk, Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, Bears Ears Coalition 


This is a free event.

We hope to see you there!


Southern Ute Museum

503 Ouray Drive, Ignacio, Colorado, (970) 563-2980

Supported in part by the SW Colorado Wolf Cooperative

OPENING RECEPTION – The Inside Out: Visions from the Artist’s Mind

Join us for the Opening Reception of The Inside Out: Visions from the Artist’s Mind.  This exhibition is a look into the Southern Ute Museum’s permanent collection.  The museum’s collection consists of an array of mixed media items, archival items, and objects.  From April 5, 2019 to April 30, 2020 the Southern Ute Museum is highlighting ten Native artists and their contribution to fine art.

Friday, April 5, 2019

5:00 – 7:00 PM



Research Presentation by Brian Maitland

Brian Maitland was raised in Jackson, TN, and has been living in Southwest Colorado for the past three years. He is a senior in the Anthropology Department at Fort Lewis College, and will earn a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spring 2019. His educational experience includes field work, lab work, mapping (GIS), and assisting with Tribal consultations. In December 2018, Brian presented his senior research, which focused on basketry and how woven items can show a network between groups of the Southwest and their environment. Pitch coated baskets have captivated him ever since he saw his first one at the Southern Ute Museum. His senior research will be the focus of his presentation.


Brian is an intern at the Center of Southwest Studies, tasked with inventorying and cataloguing the Center’s basket collections

Screenwriting Presentation with Peshawn Bread

Peshawn Bread is a writer of poetry and screenplays as well as a camera woman.  Bread is a fourth-year student at the Academy of Art University where she studies Screenwriting and has experience working on independent films.  Bread is a Sundance Film Festival Alumni of many programs. In the winter of 2015 she was introduced and welcomed as one of Sundance Institute’s Full Circle Kellogg Fellows.  In the summer of 2016 she assisted with the Sundance Filmmaker’s Lab in Santa Fe, NM. 

Peshawn will present the process of taking a story and translating it into screenwriting format.  She will interact with participants to create their very own screenplay ready to shoot and take home.

All events are free and open to the public.

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.