The Southern Ute Cultural Center in Ignacio, Colorado came to life in 2008, after more than 30 years of visioning and planning. Tribal members participated in the development process by sharing their stories, Ute artifacts, photos, clothing and beading. This community engagement became the basis of the design, a design that captures a number of important local references including the Eagle, the Wickiup (the traditional structure), the Circle of Life, indigenous plants and even their local shawl design.
The facility holds permanent and temporary exhibitions, a library, archives, and an outdoor interpretive trail. The center is planning to host over 18,000 visitors a year.
Architect: Johnpaul Jones Architect
Image credits: Scott D.W. Smith (millwork interior), Concrete Decor (int. hallway), Colorado Gambler (lobby), Johnpaul Jones Architect (exterior)