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Chipeta Rising Celebration

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Chipeta Rising Celebration
October 8th & 9th

Sellars Project Space is a proud sponsor and organizer of the 1st Annual Chipeta Rising Celebration.

The Chipeta Rising Celebration is being organized to honor the renaming of Chipeta Mountain in the Sawatch Range on Sun., Oct 8, and Mon., Oct. 9, in Salida and surrounding areas. Free historic, public events will pay tribute to Ute culture with a Unity Walk, reconciliation and rededication presentations and ceremonies, performances, a mountain rededication ceremony and memorial summit climb.

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Sunday, October 8th

Unity Walk 1:30 PM
Alpine Park to SteamPlant Event Center
Join a variety of local organizations, members of the Ute Nation, State and County Officials, on this walk led by Chipeta's family.

Speeches & Cultural Ceremonies 2 - 5 PM
SteamPlant Event Center Plaza & Ballroom
Program is rich in history and education, includes drum and dance performances, and a variety of presentations by Tribal, County, State Officials, and event organizers.

Closing Reception 5 - 7  PM
SteamPlant Event Center Ballroom

Seasons Cafe 4 - 7 PM
Extended Happy Hour featuring a menu of Regional Native American inspired cuisine from small shared plates to larger entrees

Multitudes 7 - 8:30 PM
Play by Kim Nuzzo at the SteamPlant Event Center Theater
$10 Ticket Fee - SteamPlant Event Center
An original play written by Valerie and Kim Nuzzo. “Multitudes” is a one-man show about our great gay father of American poetry Walt Whitman! The play addresses death, sexuality, slavery, the Civil War and Whitman’s poetic vision of democratic ideals.

Monday, October 9th

Seasons Cafe will open at 7 AM
Eat at the cafe on the Arkansas River or Take Out
the Chipeta Rising Celebration Summit Breakfast & Lunches for the Climbers. Featuring menu items from the Ute Mountain Reservation.

Peak Dedication Ceremony 8 AM
Tenderfoot Mountain - Mountain Heritage Park Site
Join a variety of speakers, summit climbers, and supporters for a morning ceremony at the proposed Mountain Heritage Park site on Tenderfoot Mountain.

Send off/Blessing for Summit Climbers 8:30 AM
Tenderfoot Mountain - Mountain Heritage Park Site
A blessing and send-off for climbers before they make the climb to the summit of Chipeta Mountain.

Memorial Climb to Summit 10 AM - 3 PM
Sponsored by Colorado Mountain Club
Information will be available on CMC's website.

Park Re-Dedication Ceremony 10:30 AM
Chipeta Park in Poncha Springs
Join Roland McCook, Chipeta's great-great-grandson, for a Ute dedication ceremony at Poncha Springs' Chipeta Park.

Post Summit Celebration 3:30 - 6:30 PM
Elevation Beer Company, Poncha Springs
Organizers, climbers, and speakers invite you for a Post Summit Celebration

Later Event: October 11
Tea Time with the Artists