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Explore Ute Indian Traditions

04/18/2018 11:34AM ● By Alesha Damerville

Images from the Tread of Pioneers Museum

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS—Tread of Pioneers Museum in Steamboat Springs is hosting the Youth Leadership Coalition of the Ute Indian Tribe in Fort Duchesne, Utah, who will share Ute Indian customs, pow wow dances, music and regalia in a special performance and historical presentation on May 3. The colorful, energetic and educational event will take place at 5pm and 6pm at the Steamboat Springs High School Auditorium (45 Maple St.) in Steamboat Springs. The event is free but donations will be accepted for a Ute Indian native language preservation project.

“The Ute Indians were the original native inhabitants of the Yampa Valley, and the Tread of Pioneers Museum is thrilled host these performers who will share their beautiful culture with our community,” said the event’s organizer and Tread of Pioneers Museum Executive Director, Candice Bannister. 

About Tread of Pioneers Museum 

Established in 1959 by agroup of residents dedicated to preserving memories of Routt County, Colorado’s unique and colorful past, Tread of Pioneers Museum explores the role Native Americans, early settlers, miners, ranchers, skiers, outlaws, lawmen and others who have shaped the Steamboat Springs, Colorado of today. While visiting the museum, located at 800 Oak St., find out why Steamboat Springs is home to more Olympic athletes than any other town in North America and enjoy year-round fun and exploration for all ages in the form of exhibitstoursevents and activities for youththat celebrate the town’s distinct Western heritage. 

Examples of free, guided excursions offered are the Olympic Heritage Tours, Behind-the-Scenes Collection Tours, and Downtown Historical Walking Tours. Events include the annual Pioneer Day Block Party on July 4, Festival of Trees during the pre-holiday season, and exciting series events such as History Happy Hours, Winter Film Series at the Chief Theater, Brown Bag Summer Storytelling Series, and A Taste of History culinary exploration of historic cooking methods and recipes. 

This article was provided by The Tread of Pioneers Museum for more information visit