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A Bit of Explanation

Sidebar by Jeanne Englert

Ute Language – August 1995 – Colorado Central Magazine


You may have seen some Ute words in print (they pop up in romances, histories, and Westerns), and the Ute words published here look rather exotic by comparison. That may be because the words you saw were from Northern Ute, which doesn’t use the same orthography (spelling and alphabet) as the Southern Ute discussed here.


_____________. The Naming (and Misnaming) of America (Washington: U.S. Geological Survey, GPO No. 1989-236-543).

Robert W. Delaney. Southern Ute People (Phoenix: Indian Tribal Series, 1974).

Tom Givón, editor. Ute Dictionary (Ignacio: Southern Ute Indian Tribe, 1979).

Marshall Sprague. Massacre: The Tragedy at White River (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1957).


Ingrid Bernett, director, Steamboat Springs Pioneer Museum.

Annabelle Eagle, Southern Ute tribal elder and gifted linguist.

Douglas Eagle Remington, former program director, KSUT Four Corners Public Radio.

Alden Naranjo, head of the department of education, Southern Ute Tribe.