CHIEF NIWOT: LEGEND AND LEGACY at the BOULDER HISTORY MUSEUM
Nancy E told me about this exhibit in Boulder. If I would have known about this I would have scheduled it many times but sadly, the exhibit’s last day is Sunday, February 10th. I would like to schedule it a for a few days in hopes it gives everyone a chance to see the exhibit plus much more.
I have traveled many times by the Massacre site but because it was privately owned (until now) all I could do was stop on the roadside. Nancy E and I will be putting together a Road Trip out near Eads, Colorado (way out there on them there plains that John Fremont called the GREAT AMERICAN DESERT) and visit the historical site of the SAND CREEK MASSACRE, and swing down to La Juanta to visit Bent’s Fort. (One of the Bent brothers was actually at the Sand Creek Massacre. He was the son of a mountain man and Cheyenne woman.
Winner of the 2012 Mountain-Plains Museum Association 'Leadership & Innovation Award' and the 'Josephine H. Miles History Award' from History Colorado for 2012. This award goes to an individual, organization or museum in Colorado that has made a major contribution to the advancement of Colorado History.
Chief Niwot struggled to find peace during the most fateful years in Southern Arapaho history. His life and legacy are revealed in this exhibit along with the Arapahos' place in Boulder's history.
Niwot’s story is one of honor and deceit, hope and despair. When hoards of white men began migrating to the central plains in the mid-nineteenth century, they moved into the land that was home to the Arapaho and Cheyenne Indians. In 1858, the Arapaho Chief Niwot (translated in English as Left Hand) astonished the early gold-seekers in Colorado by greeting them in their own language. He and his tribe hoped to make peace with the newcomers to allow the two cultures to share the same land and coexist peacefully. Niwot devoted his life to this struggle but his efforts ultimately failed. He was mortally wounded at the Sand Creek Massacre in 1864. This exhibit is the first to reveal the story of Chief Niwot and the complexity his struggle to find peace during the most fateful years in the history of the Southern Arapaho Indians.
The Museum’s exhibit is part of a community wide program exploring Niwot’s life and legacy in our region of Colorado. One Action, One Boulder: Niwot’s Arrow, a yearlong series created by local nonprofits, is not only an effort to educate residents about the history and tragedy of Niwot, but also to generate ideas and tools to create a more responsible, peaceful and inclusive community for the future.
Particularly challenging is the fact that there are no known photographs of Niwot himself. We are telling the story with a group of carefully researched documents, artifacts, photographs and interactive elements that chronicle the events and personalities that affected the Arapaho Chief. Our exhibit team is comprised of Arapaho tribal members, academics, historians, researchers and professional designers.
The Boulder History Museum is located at 1206 Euclid Ave. in Boulder, CO. The phone number is[masked]-3464. The admission is $6.00.
Have a great day everyone,