Indigenous Peoples' Weekend

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Manitou Springs is thrilled to announce the third annual Indigenous People’s Weekend, following the resounding success of last year's event and the overwhelming support of the local community. This celebration, featuring a diverse lineup of events, will unfold across various locations in Manitou Springs from October 6th to 8th.

Sponsored by the Manitou Springs Indigenous Peoples’ Day Committee, this event has been made possible through a generous grant from the Manitou Springs Art, Culture, & Heritage Board, in addition to the invaluable support of SunWater Spa, Smokebrush Foundation for the Arts, and the Pikes Peak Bulletin.

Highlighted Events:

Art Gallery Opening: Manitou—The Art of the Great Spirit

Join us for a FIRST FRIDAY ART EVENT celebrating local artists from Manitou Springs. Explore the creative works of artists deeply rooted in the Manitou community. The evening will feature a performance of ‘Tada Tava—The Story of Us’ with Kat Tudor & friends at 7p.m. In addition, there will be a special appearance by the Buffalo Lodge Drum Group and dancers.

  • Date: Friday, October 6th
  • Location: Manitou Art Center, 515 Manitou Ave.
  • Time: 5:00-8:00p.m.

Presentation: Larry Cesspooch Tells the Ute Creation Story

Experience the Ute Creation Story through a captivating presentation by Larry Cesspooch. The evening will culminate in a special fountain dedication for Loya Arrum, featuring Kat Tudor and special guest Celinda Kaelin. 

  • Date: Saturday, October 7th
  • Location: SunWater Spa, Manitou Springs, 514 El Paso Blvd.
  • Time: 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Ceremony: Planting of the Peace Tree

Witness a profound ‘Planting of the Peace Tree’ ceremony led by Arrow Priest Joe David Osage—a symbolic gesture of unity and harmony.

  • Date: Sunday, October 8th
  • Location: Mansions Park, Manitou Springs, 198 Lovers Lane
  • Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm

Community Event: Potluck and Dance Performance

Join us for the ‘Food from the Earth’ Potluck and Community event. Enjoy a complimentary Seven-Minute Stew and partake in a heartfelt, vegan, gluten-free dish embodying the spirit of our community. A variety of slow-cooked seasoned beef brisket, pulled pork, and chicken will also be available for purchase. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to share that symbolizes togetherness. Larry Cesspooch will lead an opening blessing and share stories, followed by a performance by Buffalo Lodge Drum Group and dancers.

  • Date: Sunday, October 8th
  • Location: Memorial Hall, Manitou Springs, 606 Manitou Ave.
  • Time: 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

Complimentary Soaks at SunWater Spa

In addition, Indigenous attendees are invited to enjoy complimentary soaks from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday at SunWater Spa.