Archaeologist, tribe elder to discuss Ute rock art and spirituality |

Archaeologist, tribe elder to discuss Ute rock art and spirituality

— The evolution and spirituality of Ute rock art is the subject of today's Brown Bag Lunch Lectures event at Tread of Pioneers Museum. Archaeologist Carol Patterson and Ute elder Clifford Duncan will lead the free discussions, scheduled for noon and 5 p.m.

"We're very excited to have these two speakers coming," museum curator Katie Adams said. "The Utes were the first residents here, and it is a story that needs to be told. We've wanted to host a lecture on the Utes for a very long time now."

Adams suggested that folks who want to attend today's talks come to the museum beforehand to explore the new Ute exhibit. The exhibit features several Ute artifacts, including beadwork.

"It will be priceless not only to have a Ph.D. and an archaeologist speak about the Utes, but also to have her accompanied by a Ute elder to speak about their spirituality," Adams said.

Patterson, from Montrose, has several themes planned for the lecture.

"We'll talk a lot about maps and the Ute trails," she said. "We'll also discuss the political and spiritual value of the rock art."

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The first discussion is at noon and a second one is at 5 p.m. Both will be held at United Methodist Church, across the street from the museum at Eighth and Oak streets in downtown Steamboat.

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