Ute Indian Arts and Culture: From Prehistory to the New Millennium

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The Ute tribes whose arts and culture are the focus of this handsome book are mountain people centered in Colorado with territory extending into New Mexico and Utah. The essays collected here are contributed by Ute cultural leaders and by other scholars. They reveal the richness of Ute material culture, heretofore almost unknown, in groundbreaking studies of Ute prehistory, history, world view, culture, and art. The book is illustrated with color photographs of 139 historic artifacts and over 40 contemporary ...

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Overview

The Ute tribes whose arts and culture are the focus of this handsome book are mountain people centered in Colorado with territory extending into New Mexico and Utah. The essays collected here are contributed by Ute cultural leaders and by other scholars. They reveal the richness of Ute material culture, heretofore almost unknown, in groundbreaking studies of Ute prehistory, history, world view, culture, and art. The book is illustrated with color photographs of 139 historic artifacts and over 40 contemporary works, as well as numerous historic photographs of Ute life.

Ute Indian Arts & Culture accompanies an exhibition that is the culmination of a seven-year project that included an inventory of approximately 2,000 objects of Ute origin or attribution found in more than twenty museums around the United States. The project goal is to make Ute Indian history and culture better known to the public at large and to take a first step toward identifying Ute art forms, which have not previously been clearly distinguished in the literature or in museum collections. Another goal has been to make available to a younger generation of Utes visual and written information about their heritage.

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The Ute Indians of Colorado and Utah have had bad press or no press at all, but this volume may help turn the tide. The companion book to an exhibition by the Taylor Museum of the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, it pulls together remarkable archival photographs, essays on everything from cosmology to clothing, historical information, and 182 color photos of the exhibited articles. Since 1993, Wroth, a former curator of the museum, surveyed 20 museums, with a curatorial committee, and found over 2000 items relating to Ute culture, as well as a wealth of documentation. The items assembled for exhibition and shown here are remarkable in range and diversity and span from the beginning of their history to the present. Intricate beading, fine leatherwork, and excellent parfleche items stand out, and the standard of quality persists through current work. A valuable source of information for any library on the history and lifestyle of a largely ignored culture. Gay Neale, Meredithville, VA Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780916537111
  • Publisher: University of New Mexico Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2000
  • Pages: 248
  • Product dimensions: 9.36 (w) x 10.84 (h) x 1.09 (d)

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William Wroth, former curator of the Taylor Museum, is a specialist in Hispanic and Indian cultural history and art of the Southwest.

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