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Walking Mountains program to explore ancient Colorado culture

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Children have the chance to learn about life skills from Colorado's American Indians at Colorado Native, a program through Walking Mountains Science Center. They'll learn about Native American games and even build a teepee, such as this one shown as the Ute Indian Museum in Montrose.

AVON — On Saturday and Sunday, kids can learn about history by traveling to the past. Walking Mountains Science Center is calling all kids to come out and learn life skills from the state's American Indian cultures.

Walking Mountains is partnering with Denver Museum of Nature and Science to present an hour-long Colorado Native program for kids in kindergarten through sixth grades.

TRIBES THAT LIVED IN COLORADO

Before the Anglo settlers moved into Colorado, the state was home to six American Indian tribes — Ute, Apache, Arapaho, Cheyenne, Pueblo and Shoshone. Each of these cultures have a rich history and strong connection to the land. Here in Eagle County, the Ute tribes explored the hills and valleys as part of their summer hunting and gathering lands.

During the Colorado Native program, participants will learn about the sedentary and semi-nomadic lifestyles of some of the American Indian cultures during the late 1800s. They will explore how resource availability affects culture. Activities include building a small tepee, playing games, dressing up and acting, reading stories and handling artifacts.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit organization based in Denver. Its mission is to ignite passion for nature and science. In addition to operating an exciting public museum, it also offers outreach programs for people of all ages. Walking Mountains Science Center will be hosting instructors from Denver Museum of Nature and Science quarterly for programs at their campus in Avon.

If you go …

What: Colorado Native program.

When: Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m.

Who: Children in K-6th grades.

Where: Walking Mountains Science Center in Avon.

Cost: $10 per child.

More information: Reservations are required. Visit http://www.walkingmountains.org or call 970-827-9725.