On the following Saturday, April 29, the Third Annual Walking to Remember memorial walk will be held in Montrose, commemorating the lives and the history of the Ute people, who were some of Colorado's earliest inhabitants.
The walk will begin at Baldridge Park in Montrose at 11 a.m. Participants will walk along the town's 1.5 mile bicycle trail to the Ute Indian Museum, where Governor Bill Owens's declaration proclaiming Ute Heritage Week (April 24-May 1, 2006) will be read and presented to the Ute Indian Museum and to Ute tribal members.
At 1 p.m., Ute delegates will join the Colorado Historical Society's Jay Dilorezo in unveiling a spectacular 22 foot long mural depicting the history of the Northern Ute, Southern Ute, and Ute Mountain Ute tribes. Northern Ute O. Roland McCook will then tell participants about the life and times of his grandmother, Chipeta.
After McCook's presentation, children's author and illustrator Vickie Leigh Krudwig will present Ute ConnectionsWriting to Acknowledge the Past, and sign copies of her award-winning book, Searching for Chipeta, as well as We are the Noochew-A Brief History of the Ute People and their Colorado Connection, and Keeper of Other Pipe with profits being donated to the Ute Indian Museum for future preservation projects.
The event is free and open to the public.
For more information about Ute Heritage Week or Walking to Remember, please call The Ute Indian Museum at (970) 249-3098 or Sweet Success Press, Inc. at (303) 469-2223.