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Ute Indians Celebrate with the Bear Dance

Kylie Kirkham

Ute Indians were found most commonly in the four corner states. They spoke mostly English and Ute. Every year the Utes had a celebration called the bear dance. This celebration occurred every year around the time of the first lightening storm. It meant that it was time for them to plant their crops. During this celebration, the Utes would play a flute and others would dance to the music.

Today there are three Ute tribes. Two in Colorado and one in Utah. Every year the Utes had a celebration called the bear dance. This celebration occurred every year around the time of the first lightening storm. It meant that it was time for them to plant their crops. During this celebration the Utes would play a flute and others would dance to the music.
The Utes worshiped bears so they would never hunt them. Since each year the first lightening storm was at a different time the bear dance was at a different time every year. The bear dance also celebrated bears waking up from hibernation and the beginning of spring. The dance was done more with feet and not too much with the arms. Sometimes the bear dance was done with a partner.
 

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