HONDA ATV WINNER ANNOUNCED
We would like to congratulate Phil Drake on winning the ATV and we would also like to say thank you to all for supporting our effort by buying a ticket.
Thank you for supporting the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum (SUCCM): A non-profit 501 (C)(3) that's preserving and promoting the history and culture of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe.
Acting Executive Director Takes the Reins
Nathan Strong Elk, M.B.A., takes over, as Executive Director Lynn Brittner steps down
After almost 13 years of service to the Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum, Lynn Brittner is leaving to make way for Nathan Strong Elk who takes over as Acting Executive Director.
Lynn recruited Nathan a year ago as her apprentice. The many aspects of running a museum challenged Nathan with a sharp learning curve, but the Board are now confident he is ready to lead.
Nathan, who is a graduate of Stanford University, aims to increase the use of the facility by the people for whom it was created – the Southern Ute Tribal members, neighbors, friends and the public.
“Song of the Basket” exhibition opens
More than 50 baskets on display in the Temporary Gallery showing the artistry and craftsmanship of Ute basketry
Ute baskets are known for their artistry and craftsmanship, and have always been sought after by Native Americans and collectors alike.
The “Song of the Basket” exhibit narrates the story of Ute baskets, which were especially important to the nomadic, hunting peoples because they are lighter and less fragile than pottery vessels.
A basket is always owned by the woman who sang the basket into being. Over 400 generations and more than 10,000 years, Ute women have kept the art of coiled basketry alive.
Museum Wins Top Award
Extensive news coverage in the September 2012 issue of True West magazine
The Southern Ute Cultural Center & Museum has been named Museum of the Year by True West Magazine. Here is an extract from the article in September's issue:
"Your first glimpse of the majesty that awaits you starts with the beauty of this parcel of southern Colorado—8½ acres of water features, gardens and hiking trails.
You marvel at the design of the 52,000-square-foot building, an architectural wonder designed by Johnpaul Jones."