Published: May 30, 2019
Dr. Tomback, Shaun Chapoose, Braiden Weeks photo

Ignacio, Colorado was host to the Southern Ute Bear Dance and Pow Wow over the Memorial Day weekend as well as a photo unveiling and wolf event at the Southern Ute Museum. Dr. Diana Tomback, CU Denver Dept. of Integrative Biology, delivered remarks at the Museum on behalf of Jim and Jamie Dutcher, National Geographic photographers.  Dr. Tomback had worked closely with the Dutchers with their donation of two photographs from the “Living With Wolves” traveling exhibit to the permanent collection of the Southern Ute Museum.  Dr. Tomback also spoke on wolf extirpation and suitability of Colorado for reintroduction on behalf of the Colorado Sierra Club and Rocky Mountain Wolf Project.  Other speakers and special guests at the Museum included Linda Baker, Museum Director, Shaun Chapoose, Chairman of the Ute Indian Tribe Business Committee, Uintah and Ouray Reservation, and  Braiden Weeks with the Ute Tribe in Utah.  Special guests of the day were the “Ambassador Wolves” from Wolfwood Sanctuary in Ignacio and a continuous showing of several prize-winning animated shorts and videos on wolves from the Rocky Mountain Wolf Project.   The Pine River Times article (From the Durango Herald) is available here .