Florissant Fossil Beds to host Tabeguache Ute Dancers

Johnathan-05The Pikes Peak Historical Society and Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument will be hosting a group of Tabeguache dancers for a performance of traditional Ute dances at the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument amphitheater on Saturday, August 8 at 7:00 PM.


The Pikes Peak Historical Society has been hosting the return of the Northern Ute Nation since 1999 and is also supported by the Catamount Institute, the Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds, White Horse Circle of World Council of Elders, and the Smokebrush Foundation.


Central Colorado was the ancestral home of the Tabeguache Band of the Utes until they were forced onto a reservation in Utah in 1881.  The word “Tabeguache,” means “People of Sun Mountain” and derives from the Ute word “Tava” which refers to the Sun in their language and also Pikes Peak.  The Pikes Peak Historical Society, in recognition of the Tabeguache’s sacred connections to Pikes Peak and the area, continues to support their return on an annual basis.


The entrance fee for the park is $5.00 per adult (16 years or older) or free with one of the many federal land passes.  Seating is limited, so come early and dress warmly.


For more information please call the Monument at (719) 748 – 3253 ext. 122 or 202 or visit our website at www.nps.gov/flfo or Facebook at /FlorissantNPS