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Koshare Indian Kiva and Museum
The Koshare Indian Kiva is located on the Otero Junior College campus and is one of Colorado's premier attractions.
About the Koshare Indian Kiva
The Kiva, which is owned by the college, is unusual in that it was built by the La Junta Boy Scout troop under the inspired leadership of James Francis "Buck" Burshears, and the original 1949 structure is a registered state historic site of the Colorado Historical Society, housing a collection of Native American art and artifacts considered to be among the finest in the world. Today the Koshare Indian Kiva not only houses an impressive museum, but a first class gift shop, and of course the Kiva itself which provides the center stage for the world-famous Koshare Indian Dancers.
The Kiva Atmosphere
Visitors to the Kiva are amazed by the unique log roof, the wonderful art displayed, and the atmosphere this room provides. It's that special atmosphere that visitors enjoy the most.
The Koshare Indian Museum
The link between the dancer program and the Museum began by introducing the Koshare dancers to art and artifacts as well as noted artists throughout their tenure as a Koshare Indian dancer. The youth gained an appreciation of Native American and Southwestern art and soon began collecting and purchasing Native American Indian art and artifacts. In 1949, they built a replica of an authentic Pueblo Kiva in which to perform their dances and house their growing collection. Over the years, graduating Koshare classes purchased a piece of art to leave to the Museum on behalf of their senior class.
Did you know...
In February of 2008, the Koshares performed at the Colorado Governor's Mansion - 75 years (to the month) after the first official Koshare meeting.
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