Did you know that one of the Ute dances lasted four days. It was to celebrate spring . I learned a lot about the Ute tribe I learned there history, traditions and the roles of man & women. Ute Indians call themselves Nuciu which means " The People " and they speak the Numic language which is of the Shoshone family. 

 

The history of the Ute’s is very interesting.  The Ute Indians have prehistoric history of people in the tribe that lived 100 years ago. The Ute’s are one of the most important tribes associated with the American southwest. Their geographic location put them in a good position to interact with many tribes from the great basin, plains and southwest. The name Utah comes from is the Ute Indians. 

 

This paragraph is about the Ute’s dwelling. Large groups of Ute’s lived in central and eastern Utah. The Ute’s were able to adapted well to there surrounding. Large family groups moved through hunting and gathering areas that were abundant during each season. Ute families lived in wickiups, ramadas, and hide tepees. Men and women kept their hair long or braided, and depending on the region and season wore woven shirts and skirts, leggings and sandals, rabbit skin robes, and leather skirts,shirts and leggings.  

 


This paragraph is about the role of men and women. The Ute people showed respect for the land. They knew that if they did not take care of the natural resources they would not survive. Ute men hunted deer, antelope, buffalo, rabbits, and other small mammals and birds with bows and arrows, spears and nets. They also took advantage of the abundance of fish in Utah Lake and other fresh water source. Fish was dried and stored for trade and winter use. Boys were taught to hunt rabbits with a bow and arrow. If they wounded an animal they had to follow it so that it would not suffer or go to waist. Women gathered seed grasses, pine nuts,berries,roots and greens in woven baskets. Women showed the young girls how to tell whether a plant was edible, where they grew and when they were ripe.

 

This paragraph is about there traditions. Many of their games focused on building the hunting skill of the men. Their dances were to show thanks and for guidance from the spirits. Beading and weaving was enjoyed by the women. Large groups of relatives gathered together often to work, talk, and play.   

 

The Weeminche, with other bands, joined in large groups witch caused most of the Navajos in Utah to flee south. Ironically, in 1886 both tribes reaped the same dismal reward-removal to the reservation. Today there are only about 7,000 Ute Indians left and they live on three major reservations in Utah and Colorado.