The Southern Ute Drum Newspaper: Interactive website debut!

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum. All Rights Reserved.

Visit the Southern Ute Drum’s new website at SUDRUM.com

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Spring Celebration – 48th Annual Hozhoni Days Powwow returns to Durango, Colorado.

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

I shot my first powwow at Fort Lewis College over five years ago, immediately gaining an invitation to make pictures later that year in the picturesque Red Rocks Park during the Gallup Inter-tribal Ceremonial. My goal was to document cultures in the region where I grew up having returned to the area as a working professional, seeking out long term projects, assignments.

It was the portfolio from that summer that opened the door to my current position as staff photographer for the Southern Ute Drum newspaper.

We just published a double powwow section last week that included recent images from Hozhoni Days, as I have been back to cover this small, social powwow every year since that first. Striving each time to come away with something that will set my work apart from previous years…

Enjoy the Images! Best, Jeremy

Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum

Celebrating The Denver March Powwow.








Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/The Southern Ute Drum
Vist The Southern Ute Drum online to view full coverage of the 37th Annual Denver March Powwow held each spring in the Mile High City!
Enjoy the images…Cheers, Jeremy

The Southern Ute Drum: A Year in Review.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Celebrating over two years with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe as a full time staffer for The Southern Ute Drum Newspaper. We recently sent the first issue of 2011 to press, covering a year of editorial content, highlighting news stories and photography from 2010 at its best…please take a moment to visit The Southern Ute Drum online.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Last Dance at the Council Tree Powwow.







Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

A storm on the horizon. Golden light filters into the arena.

Dancers prepare their regalia.

This was to be the final dance at the Council Tree Powwow. Held in Delta, Colorado the Council Tree Powwow takes place each fall in an arbor prepared for this event, not directly under but very near the ancient council tree itself; an esteemed cottonwood of Ute legend and historical significance.

The perfect evening gave way to darkening thunderheads and a torrential downpour. Lightening filled the sky as dancers and spectators alike fled the dance arena, seeking shelter and warmth.

As I drove home the following day; criss-crossing the Weminuche Wilderness, the highest peaks now blanketed by fresh snow, I felt a sadness in having witnessed the last of something so beautiful. In my heart I hoped that it would continue. A year rolls over, and autumn has now past us by. The arena lies empty.

Editorial coverage from the Southern Ute Drum newspaper.

Cultural Rendezvous in Cascade Canyon.






Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

The above images are selected from Southern Ute Drum coverage of the Second Annual Heritage Train, now available to view online. Leading off the front page, this story captures both the majesty of the natural environment and the historical railcars, while also bringing the reader in closer for an intimate look at the cultural side of this unique and beautiful event through words and imagery.

View full article and photographs as published HERE.

Cheers, Jeremy

The Gathering Of Nations.


Photographs Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM

Southern Ute Drum coverage from last weeks Gathering of Nations Powwow, held under open skies in Albuquerque New Mexico and hailed as America’s Largest Powwow….visit the DRUM online to read the full essay.

Photograph Jeremy Wade Shockley/SU DRUM