Photo courtesy of the Southern Ute Drum

“Do those braids make you Ute?”

Matthew Box interviewed by Adam Burke
Matthew Box interviewed by Adam Burke

As a young man, Matthew received guidance and wisdom while spending time with his grandfather, Eddie Box senior. Eddie Box senior, also know as Red Ute, was spiritual leader for the Southern Ute Tribe, and he led Sun Dance and Bear Dance ceremonies for many years.

In this excerpt, Matthew Box recalls one mind-opening conversation he had with his grandfather.

Matthew Box is Bear Dance Chief of the Southern Ute Tribe. He lives in Ignacio, Colorado.

Pictured above: Eddie Box with two grandsons, Matthew Box (left) and Edward Box III (right), in 1986.