Native American Exhibit
The Native American exhibit which is is located in the upper floor of the Victorian housefeatures a popular selection from our collection of Edward S. Curtis photogravures. These powerful Native American images have become famous around the world. As well, this exhibit displays our extensive collection of American Indian weaving, pottery, basketry, and beadwork.
The Tread of Pioneers Museumís expansive collection of Native American art was originally collected by Northwest Colorado proprietor H.B. Pleasant and his son, Richard, in the early 1920s. The collection, including the Edward S. Curtis photogravures currently on display, were generously donated to the museum in 1961 by Richardís aunt and uncle, Eunice and Farrington Carpenter of Hayden.
At the age of 14, Richard Pleasant was living with the Carpenters in Hayden and attending Perry-Mansfield Performing Arts School and Camp in Steamboat Springs. The Camp ignited a passion for dance in Pleasant. After attending Princeton and serving in World War II, Pleasant joined with Lucia Chase in New York and opened the Ballet Theatre in 1939 (now known as the American Ballet Theatre). The Ballet Theatre was Pleasantís brain-child and became one of the greatest ballet companies in the world.
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Tribal Lands Acknowledgement
The Board and Staff of the Tread of Pioneers Museum respectfully acknowledge the Ute people, the original inhabitants of Northwest Colorado, and other Indigenous Nations of this area where we now reside. We recognize that the establishment of this region impacted the lifeways of Native peoples and their communities. In accepting this, we are called to utilize this educational institution to teach stewardship of the land and continuing commitment to the inclusion and respect of these Nations and their traditional values for their homelands.