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Koshare Indian Museum & Trading Post, La Junta
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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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  • A hidden gem of a museum housed in a kiva-shaped structure on the campus of Otero Junior College in La Junta. A fascinating approach to showcasing native Indian history, culture and traditions through...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • 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.
  • It's pretty sad to see so many people hating on a museum. How can you possibly say this is cultural appropriation. The dances preformed were taught and handed down by real native Americans. It was built by boy scouts who were passionate about the culture and wanted to learn more about it.
  • Disrespectful. Cultural appropriation at its worst. If you want to learn about Native Americans, go to cultural museums, tribal gatherings open to the public, or tribal preservation offices. Do NOT go to non-Native people pretending to be Native. It's disrespectful and wrong.
  • 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.