Koshare Indian Museum & Trading Post, La Junta

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#105 of 156 in Museums in Colorado
The Koshare Indian Museum is a registered site of the Colorado Historical Society in La Junta, Colorado. The building, located on the Otero Junior College campus, is a tri-level museum with an attached kiva that is built with the largest self-supporting log roof in the world. The building was built in 1949.The museum features works of Pueblo and Plains tribal members.The museum also facilitates Boy Scouts traveling to Philmont Ranch by providing museum discounts, as well as hostel stays for visiting Boy Scout troops.Koshare Indian DancersKoshare Indian Dancers are members of Boy Scout Troop 232 in the Rocky Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America, located in La Junta, Colorado. They have been performing their interpretations of Native American dance since 1933. In addition to participating in regular Scouting activities, such as camping, merit badge projects, and community service, Koshares create a dance outfit, including leatherwork and beading, based upon their own historical research. They travel around the country and perform traditional Plains and Pueblo Native American ceremonial dances. They also perform 50–60 Summer and Winter Ceremonial shows, annually, at their kiva located at the Koshare Indian Museum in La Junta. The Koshares have performed in 47 states. A few Native Americans including two tribal leaders who have witnessed or otherwise been made aware of the performances have stated that they are an offensive form of cultural appropriation.
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  • August 1, 2017
    The dance show is put on by a Boy Scout troop, with some venture scout girls, doing native dance. They do a nice job. We were there with our Boy Scout troop and they kindly announced us and encouraged...  more »
  • June 7, 2017
    A well done history museum of a rare group of boy scouts who have kept history alive for decades. Well worth the $5 donation to see the story and the extensive collection.  more »
  • May 20, 2017
    The Koshare dancers are just unbelievable! A must stop on your way through the area. The museum has beautiful artwork and pottery. Play ahead, call to check hours and shows.  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Great people. Wonderful program. Great history. This is a must do.
  • June 24, 2017
    The low rating is because of people claiming cultural appropriation on a group of teenagers whp have spent plenty of time with native americans on reservations studying and understanding their culture better than those who write the negative reviews. Amazing dancers, art pieces inside are gorgeous, highly recommend
  • April 20, 2017
    I was there in 1969 with Scouts. Met Buck Burshears. Great Man
  • July 2, 2017
    Wonderful show! Brought my two young kids and they loved it!!
  • October 15, 2016
    I'm surprised at the ignorance of these people. I don't see how this is racist. This helps preserve Native American culture and helps people learn about how they lived. I got a nice tour of the museum and saw some neat Indian dances.

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