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City of Colorado Springs / Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services / Cultural Services / Rock Ledge Ranch / American Indian Area

American Indian Area

Cultural Crossroads
American Indian Trade in Colorado Exhibit

This exciting exhibit recalls a time when influences of the Old World, met with traditions of American Indian culture in the New World. Colorado was a cultural crossroads, where trade influences from all directions met, with the Ute often serving as the middlemen. Reflect on the dramatic meetings between European explorers, traders and settlers and American Indian people. Both worlds were dramatically, irrevocably altered. An abundance of trade items from both cultures will be on exhibit. Learn about the abundance of fur trade commerce and it’s inevitable decline with the slaughter of the beaver and buffalo and it's subsequent impacts on American Indian ways of life.

The American Indian Area is dedicated and committed to the accurate interpretation of the significant American Indian Heritage in the Central Front Range of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. American Indian history and culture will be told from the perspectives of American Indian people.

The Land and The People
Ute oral tradition maintains that they have always been in the mountains of Colorado. Other groups of people who were here include: Kiowa, Apache, Cheyenne and Arapaho, Pawnee, Comanche, and hunting bands of Lakota and Dine.

Today, American Indian people representing many Nations make Colorado their home. The Ute people have reservations in Ignacio and Towaoc, Colorado. The Northern Ute live in North Eastern Utah.

The American Indian Area at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site offers a cutting edge opportunity to experience American Indian History and Culture through the eyes of American Indian people.

Experience an incredible and exciting cultural crossroads of American Indian Heritage as an introduction to your visit at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

Participate...

  • Engage in conversations with American Indian living history interpreters
  • Participate in ongoing daily demonstrations and educational programs
  • Gain knowledge of American Indian food ways, games, art, music, etiquette, history and culture
 
 

 

Cultural Crossroads - American Indian Trade in Colorado Exhibit
 
SUPPORTERS
Primary funding
provided by:

Gay and Lesbian Fund
for Colorado

Additional funding
provided by:

American Indian Movement, Colorado Springs

Center of Human Rights and American Indian Law

Garden of the Gods Foundation

H. Chase Stone Trust

 Holly Berry House, Inc.

 The Living History Association, RLRHS

 Trails and Open Space Coalition

 William and Betty Osborn Trust