Hosted on the grounds of The Fort restaurant (19192 Hwy. 8, Morrison) Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7, Tesoro Cultural Center’s Indian Market & Powwow is a yearly tribute to the American Indian tribes that shaped the cultural community of Old Bent’s Fort, an important fur trading post that operated along the famous Santa Fe Trail in the 1840s. In celebration of early Southwestern history, Tesoro hosts nationally acclaimed artists, dancers and drum groups for an art-centered gathering, juried art show and two-day contest powwow, as well as educational and interactive exhibits on American Indian culture for a fun-filled, family weekend. In honor of its 20th anniversary, Southern Cheyenne leader and artist, George Levi (Southern Cheyenne Nation), will lead the 2020 Indian Market & Powwow. Alongside celebrations of art, dance, and cultural heritage, Tesoro’s Indian Market & Powwow honors outstanding American Indian Veterans each year with an intimate, engaging ceremony to thank them for their service. This year’s honoree is Vietnam veteran and nationally acclaimed artist, Harvey Pratt (Southern Cheyenne Nation). Pratt, alongside many other Southern Cheyenne, is a direct descendent of William Bent, founder of the original Bent’s Fort, and Owl Woman: a Cheyenne princess.
Pratt, a veteran himself, was recently awarded a commission to create a war memorial for American Indian veterans who fought in various wars. This beautiful installation – with more than 1,000 artist applications for its commission – will be revealed on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2020, at the Smithsonian American Indian Museum in Washington, D.C.
“We couldn’t be more honored to have the Southern Cheyenne tribes leading and participating in our Powwow this year, given we are celebrating Tesoro’s 20th anniversary,” said Kinney. “It’s truly our pleasure to honor Harvey Pratt at our Indian Market & Powwow the same year his war memorial will debut on the National Mall. As a direct descendent of Owl Woman and William Bent, Harvey’s personal family history is very much intertwined with my own history of our Fort, and an important demonstration of how all of our histories here in Colorado are very much shared.”
The festivities will kick off with a Tesoro Member-exclusive Meet the Artists party on Friday, June 5. The Indian Market & Powwow on June 6 and 7 is open to the public; admission is $10 for adults, and free for children 12 and under.
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