Southern Ute Museum



Ute Storytelling

Visit the Southern Ute Museum for Ute Storytelling on Saturday, December 15 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.

In collaboration with the Cultural Preservation Department.  Winter is the season when tribal stories are told.  Join the Museum and Cultural Preservation Department for an evening of Ute storytelling.  Stories will include animals, history, and “lessons” which are shared during the winter among tribal members and families. 

Hot chocolate and light refreshments will be provided. 


The Southern Ute Museum will CLOSE at 4:00PM Sunday, December 2, 2018.  SUM will reopen at 10:00AM Monday, December 3, 2018.

Please call (970) 563-2980 to leave a message, or you may email the museum,

Thank you for understanding.


Living with Wolves Film Screening

With the Living with Wolves Photographic Exhibit coming to a close the Southern Ute Museum will offer free viewings of the award-winning documentary Living with Wolves on Friday, November 30, 2018.

Feature times are at:
10:00 AM
2:00 PM
Feature running time is 147 minutes and Rated G.

All museum EVENTS are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.


If you are interested in additional wolf conversations, visit for more details or to sign up for the Durango Wolf Symposium.  Sponsored by Rocky Mountain Wolf Project and Colorado Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Special Presentation with Jhane Myers

Join us for a special presentation with Jhane Myers at the Southern Ute Museum.  Myers will present on powwow related information such as: regalia, songs, etiquette, and competition categories.  She is a champion Southern Buckskin traditional dancer.  Her regalia has won top honors at Santa Fe Indian Market.  In addition to the powwow scene, she is a traditional doll maker, a jeweler, and a fashion designer.

Myers studied fashion design at the Fashion and Art Institute in Dallas, and worked for Ralph Lauren.

All museum EVENTS are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

Living with Wolves Photographic Exhibit

Southern Ute Museum will host Living with Wolves photographic exhibit with additional support of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project.  This Living with Wolves / National Geographic exhibit offers you a rare glimpse inside the lives of wolves featured on 19 large-scale photographs accompanied with 14 text panels.

For more than 20 years, Living with Wolves founders Jim and Jamie Dutcher have focused their lives on the study and documentation of wolf behavior.  As two of America’s most knowledgeable experts on wolves, they are devoted to sharing their unique background for the betterment and understanding of this keystone social species.

SUM supports the efforts of the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project and the Living with Wolves organization whom are dedicated to engaging the public worldwide in education, outreach and research to promote truth and understanding about wolves, while encouraging coexistence and inspiring people to take action to protect them.

Living with Wolves is on exhibit at the Southern Ute Museum from August 13, 2018 to November 30, 2018 in the museum’s 2nd level Welcome Gallery.

Warm Welcome
Monday, August 16, 2018
4:00 – 6:00 PM


Reception with Ambassador Wolves from WolfWood Refuge
Thursday, August 16, 2018
1:00 – 4:00 PM
Light refreshments will be served

All museum events are FREE and OPEN to the PUBLIC.

Lummi Bear Totem Reception & Blessing

Lummi Bear Totem Reception

When:  Sunday, July 22 at 12:00 PM

Where:  Southern Ute Museum & Cultural Center

Lummi Nation Totem Pole

What:  The Southern Ute Museum is honored to receive the Lummi Nation Totem Pole, which will be at the Museum indefinitely.  Community potluck will immediately follow the reception in the Southern Ute Museum & Cultural Center Large Classroom.  Event speakers include: Pearl Casias – Southern Ute Elder and Tribal Council Member, Jewell James – House of Tears Carver, Ute Mountain Ute Elders Committee, Shaun Chapoose – Ute Tribe Council Uncompahgre Band Representative

This event is FREE and OPEN to the public.