The Utes long dominated the landscape of what is now eastern Utah and western Colorado. The tribes have a rich history of adaptation and persistence in a region that could otherwise be harsh. Their timeless culture and relationship to the land is evident today within the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, and the Ute Tribe of the Uintah and Ouray Reservation. Join Ernest House, Jr., executive director of the Colorado Commission of Indian Affairs and great-grandson of Chief Jack House, the last hereditary chief of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, as he makes connections between the past and contemporary life and culture of Colorado’s oldest continuous residents.
Our state’s natural beauty lends itself to a diverse array of stories. The people, places and objects of history enliven our understanding of what it means to be a Coloradan. Whether you live in an urban setting or hail from a rural burg in our stunning prairies or mountain landscapes, we all share a common heritage. Natives and newcomers alike can always learn something new in this series, an assortment of topics that exemplifies a potpourri of history.