I’m beginning to get some events scheduled to promote my new book, Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau.
The next one is a radio interview with Coach on KAFM Grand Junction, set for 12:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 29. I’m looking forward to that.
Then I’ll be at Grand Valley Books beginning at 6:30 p.m. May 30 for a presentation and book signing. The events there are always fun and seem to draw good crowds.
I’ll have more next week.
Judy and I went to Fort Duchesne, Utah, last weekend, where I hoped to take photos of the Ute Tribe’s spring Bear Dance for the Museums of Western Colorado.
The people gathered at the Bear Dance arena were incredibly courteous and helpful when I asked if I could take photos. They did require, however, that Judy and I join them and participate in the dance.
In this annual gathering, dance partners are always chosen by the females, and, as I learned, the woman can never ask her husband, son or brother to dance. It has to be someone outside the immediate family circle.
The music is provided by singers, who also set the rhythm and tone by rubbing tubes across notched pieces of wood that mimics the sound of a bear growling or scratching his claws on a tree.. This group of singers are from Towaoc, Colorado and White Mesa, Utah. They were friendly, helpful, and allowed me to wander behind them to take photos.
The Bear Dance is an incredible social event, where everyone is polite and abides by the rules established by long tradition. In past times, it was a chance for courtship and to reconnect with friends and relatives not seen all winter.
Thanks to all the Utes who treated us with so much generosity during the Bear Dance this past weekend. And here’s a big white guy, dancing poorly.
Last fall, Judy and I visited Fort Robinson in northwestern Nebraska, which was home to one of the largest of the U.S. Army’s Remount Service sites during the first half of the 20th century.
Fort Robinson also had direct connections to the Remount Service efforts in Colorado, which led me to writing this history column for The Daily Sentinel.
Army remounts 4-23-18
My new book, Historic Adventures on the Colorado Plateau,
will be published May 28 by the History Press, and will be available in bookstores in June. I already have one book-signing scheduled for June 2, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Grand Junction.
The book is a compilation of articles, based on history columns I have written for The Daily Sentinel over the past five years. All are in some way related to the historic difficulty of traveling on the rugged Colorado Plateau.