The 125th Annual White Mesa Bear Dance is scheduled for August 29th, 30th, 31st, & September 1st, 2014 on the White Mesa Reservation. This joyous celebration is sponsored by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe.
The Bear Dance was first recorded by the Spanish in the 1500's. It is based on a legend of two brothers who went hunting. One of them watched a bear as it danced with a tree. The bear spoke to the hunter teaching him the dance. The bear instructed the hunter to teach the "Bear Dance" to the tribe and that this dance was to be a joyous celebration. Although the dance was disrupted due to conflict with the U.S Government, this year marks the 125th consecutive year for the Bear Dance.
Driving instructions: Drive to White Mesa Utah, turn east off of Highway 191 onto Wood Pile Road. Then turn right on Beaver Lane. Then a left turn through the entrance gate. Signs will be posted to help.