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Ute Land Religion: Remembering Shetowitch and Chipeta by Dr. Brandi Denison

  • Buena Vista Community Center 715 East Main Street Buena Vista, CO, 81211 United States (map)

Brandi is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Florida. Brandi’s latest book is Ute Land Religion in the American West, 1879–2009. She grew up in Western Colorado and the ethnic cleansing of the Utes from Western Colorado seemed like a distant past. This changed, when, as a graduate student at the University of Colorado, she chose Josephine Meeker’s captivity narrative as a focus of a research paper. The facts of history woke her up to just how recent the past of ethnic cleansing was. Cultural memory forms the collection of stories, museums, public monuments, among other things, that build a culture’s understanding of itself and its past. Brandi will discuss the promising cultural memories emerging in Western Colorado.