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Koshare Indian Museum & Trading Post, La Junta

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3.6/5 based on 50+ reviews on the web
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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  • Each Boy Scout makes his own costume and learns authentic dances to present on the week-ends. Dances during the spring and summer. 
  • I didn't know quite what to expect before my visit, but I was so impressed with the museum and the story behind it. A must visit in Southern Colorado. If you can get a tour by the Director, you're in ...  read more »
  • We were told about the museum at the Mexico City Café and they were correct. Interesting artifacts and history about the area. Tells about the Koshare Indians and local Boy Scouts troop and how they c...  read more »
  • The drums of the Winter Night Ceremonials are silent this Christmas. We are missing the spirit of our youth in this small cowtown learning the ancient ways of our Native Americans. The spirit of the dances still call to be learned as the Elders of the Native Americans long ago taught here. Come to the museum anyway. It is a beautiful place of ancient and modem day Native American art.
  • Well i find this really offensive to the native american population. I say this because we have our very own traditions in which some are sacred and not to be mocked or mimicked by ignorant people who are trying to be like us. This is a serious matter and i including all nativ americans will respectfully like if you please stop and just leave our sacred dance and doings alone.
  • This group is racist cultural appropriative group! They make a mockery of Native cultures and sacred regalia and ceremonies. They have no right to do this! NATIVE Americans are the keepers of their own cultures, traditions, and languages! Not these thrives!
  • This is totally disrespectful to my community. I am a Pueblo Member and the dances that you say are to honor are done in bad taste and is insulting to me. Our dances are done in prayer and the words we use are meant to be done as a prayer. Please refrain from preforming these dances or performances as your group calls them out of respect to the indigenous cultural of our people.
  • This organization is obviously FALSELY representing native americans! They ARE NOT NATIVE AMERICANS. They are making a mockery of our native religion. And I cant believe that the state of Colorado endorses this organization that is owned by The Boy Scouts of America. Also they did not aquire any art wirk from the late famed potter, Maria Martinez, and to use her name to endorse this fake native dance group is illegal! To imitate native dances is sacrilege! Please do not support this organization. Think how you would feel if an organization was to imitate your religion and mock it?
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