Aspen Historical Society (AHS) unveiled last week a new traveling exhibit, “Seasons of the Nuche: Transitions of the Ute People,” that explores the past and present of the Ute people in the American West. The traveling exhibit will be available for regional organizations to host in their communities through grant support from The Memnosyne Institute and the Louis and Harold Price Foundation.

 

AHS curated the traveling exhibit from the award-winning exhibition of the same name, displayed at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum between 2012 and 2015, which was designed with input from Ute tribal members and blessed by Ute Elder, Clifford Duncan. The traveling exhibit, comprised of modular display panels and interactive elements, including a tipi, will help bring the history and culture of the Ute people to communities on Colorado’s Western Slope. Grant funding enables AHS to provide the exhibit at no rental cost to the hosts, helping make the educational content accessible to the widest audience possible through partnerships with historical societies, libraries, civic groups, schools, and more. The exhibit loan includes assembly instructions with installation support from the AHS Curatorial team, as well as the opportunity to host AHS educators, including Ute tribal member Skyler Lomahaftawa, for interpretive programming while the exhibit is on display.

 

“Following the success of the Ute exhibit in Aspen, AHS looked for ways to share the native history and culture with expanded audiences,” said AHS Vice President, Curator of Collections Lisa Hancock. “Thanks to support from funding partners, it is our privilege to assist other groups in telling the stories that both unify and help define the region’s identity. The project has been in the works for a few years and we’re thrilled to see the exhibit installed and on view for the first time!”

 

Rifle Heritage Center will host the first viewing at the Rifle Branch Library for the month of May, followed by the Grand Valley Historical Society through mid-June. Groups interested in hosting the exhibit in their community are invited to contact Aspen Historical Society at 970.925.3721 or curator@aspenhistory.org.