Upcoming Museum field trips delve into regional Native American history. Tickets on sale now here.

Ute Museum imageThe Telluride Historical Museum is excited to announce two upcoming family field trips that bring Puebloan Native Americans up close and personal. The first field trip, Saturday, April 20, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., is to the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose. Our second adventure, Saturday, May 11, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., is a visit to the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center just outside Cortez.

The Ute Indian Museum is located in the heart of traditional Ute territory. Built in 1956 on Chief Ouray’s and Chipeta’s homestead acreage, the Museum offers a remarkable collection that brings the culture and history of the Utes into sharp focus. During our visit, participants get to tour the museum, make their own teepee, bake traditional Native American flatbread, and learn additional Ute skills and crafts.

Participants should bring their own lunch to enjoy in the teepee.

Crow Canyon imageEstablished in 1983, the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center is dedicated to the understanding and preservation of ancestral Pueblo Indian history in the Mesa Verde region. Participants in the Crow Canyon excursion will enjoy a tour guided by research and education chair, Dr. Mark Varien, who will highlight the archaeological laboratory, as well as the Pithouse and Pueblo Learning Centers. The tour also includes visits to the Dillard site, a 17th- century Kiva, as well as the Sand Canyon and Goodman Point Pueblo excavations.

Participants will be treated to lunch at Crow Canyon prepared by Chef Jim Martin.

Today, nearly 24,000 Native Americans make Colorado their home. Their history, culture, and worldview played a vital role in shaping this region. Join the Telluride Historical Museum for these unique and exciting glimpses into Colorado’s past for a more informed perspective on the present day.

For the Ute Museum outing, participants meet at the Telluride Historical Museum, where carpools will be arranged. Don’t forget to bring a lunch and a large bowl for mixing your flatbread dough. Tickets: $8 Museum Members/$10 non-members.

For the Crow Canyon field trip, participants meet at the Telluride Historical Museum, where carpools will be arranged. Tickets: $70 Museum Members/$80 non-members.

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