Colo. The BLM Anasazi Heritage Center invites educators from
museums, libraries, schools, scout groups, and 4-H to use the new
loan kit, The Bear Dance: Window to Ute Culture. The kit will be
available from the museum beginning in March.
the prehistoric, historic, and contemporary traditions of the people
of the Four Corners region is part of the Anasazi Heritage
Centers mission. The Bear Dance: Window to Ute Culture is
the first loan kit created by the museum staff to fulfill this mission
for contemporary and historic people, according to a news release.
The kit contains many hands-on items such as a drum, a dance shawl,
and boys gauntlets. Additionally, books, videos, and lesson
plans are provided to help students have a fun and meaningful experience.
Bear Dance theme and associated stories, crafts, and activities
are a beginning place for understanding a complex history and a
rich tradition. Three supporting activities focus on the general
history of the Ute people, the Hand Game, and the tradition of beadwork.
The activities can be adapted for students from early elementary
through high school level. The information sheets are written at
about the fifth grade level. Additional resources are identified
for teachers who would like to deepen their students knowledge
and who may have time for more.
care and effort was made to involve Ute people in the research and
creation of this learning kit. Teachers are encouraged to further
involve Ute people in their classroom by referring to the kits
guest speakers and craft demonstrators list, or contacting the Ute
tribal office nearest your community.
BLM Anasazi Heritage Center is a museum featuring exhibits on archaeology,
history, and regional Native American cultures. The AHC is operated
by the Bureau of Land Management, and is headquarters for Canyons
of the Ancients National Monument. The museum and archaeological
sites are three miles west of Dolores on Colorado 184.
can be made now by calling Suzan Craig, (970)882-5620. Teachers
may borrow the kit free of charge for up to two-week time periods.
Anasazi Heritage Center