2018 Southern Ute Bear Dance Powwow
The Southern Ute Bear Dance Powwow takes place on May 25-26, 2018 at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds in Ignacio, Colorado. The exciting Memorial Day Weekend Powwow competition starts Friday night and goes through Saturday. Men and women, boys and girls will compete for thousands of dollars in prize money in contests that range from traditional styles to fast moving Fancy Dance for the men and Fancy Shawl for the women.
Southern Ute Bear Dance Powwow
The Southern Ute Powwow is a gatherings where both Native and non-Native people gather to meet, dance, sing and honor Native American culture. It is a time for Southern Ute Tribal members, and members of other Tribes throughout the country, to get together and showcase their many talents.
Two Separate Events
Don’t confuse this Southern Ute Bear Dance Powwow at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds with the four day Southern Ute Bear Dance that happens at the same time about three miles away at the Bear Dance Grounds. The traditional Bear Dance, once held in March, welcomes spring and celebrates connections to the Earth, is held on the Memorial Day Weekend at the same time as the “powwow”. Many dancers and visitors will go back and forth between these two events, depending on the schedule.
Southern Ute Bear Dance Powwow dancing starts Friday with registration at 5 p.m., Gourd Dancing from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and the Grand Entry at 7 p.m. On Saturday, Gourd Dancing is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 5 to 6:30 p.m. with Grand Entries at 1 and 7 p.m. A hand game tournament will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Bear Dance campground.
Admission – Free
Camping – Free
Powwow Head Staff
Master of Ceremonies: To Be Announced
Arena Director: To Be Announced
Host Southern Drum: To Be Announced
Host Northern Drum: To Be Announced
Host Gourd Drum: To Be Announced
Head Gourd Dancer: To Be Announced
Color Guard: To Be Announced
Friday 7:00 pm
Saturday 1:00 pm & 7:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am & 5:00 pm
Dance Contest Categories
Men & Women Golden Age (55+)
Men’s (18-549): Fancy, Grass, No. & So. Traditional
Teen Boy’s (13-17): Fancy, Grass, Combined Traditional
Junior Boy’s (7-12): Fancy, Grass, Combined Traditional
Women’s Golden Age (55+)
Women’s (18-54): Fancy Shawl, Jingle, No. & So. Traditional
Teen Girl’s (13-17): : Fancy Shawl, Jingle, No. & So. Traditional
Junior Girl’s (7-12): Fancy, Jingle, Combined Traditional
Arts & Crafts Vendors: Ramada Cloud 505-402-8846
Food Vendors: Kendra Alexander 970-563-5541
Food Vendor setup outside arena; must bring own setup.
For More Information
Corliss Taylor, Chairperson 970-799-3149
Joyce Delaware, Vice Chairperson 775-671-5426
Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Southern Ute Bear Dance Powwow on Memorial Day Weekend at the Sky Ute Fairgrounds in Ignacio, Colorado.
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