Pahponee, Award-Winning Artist, Presents “Native American Pottery Ideology” at South Suburban Recreational Center’s Goodson Center

Pahponee, a self-taught clay artist and descendant of the Kickapoo and Potawatomi Nations, will host “Native American Pottery Ideology,” a free hour-long lecture at the Goodson Recreation Center (6315 S. University Boulevard) on Monday, May 9, from 3-4 p.m. The award-winning potter is an avid supporter of Morrison, Colo.’s Tesoro Cultural Center, and presents her work at the nonprofit’s annual Indian Market & Powwow; the finished pieces displayed at “Native American Pottery Ideology” will be exhibited for sale at … Read the entire post >

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What to Anticipate at the Indian Market and Powwow

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On May 14 and 15, Tesoro Cultural Center will host its sixteenth annual Indian Market and Powwow. Held on the grounds of The Fort Restaurant, near Morrison, just off 285 and Highway 8,  the weekend-long celebration includes powwow performances and competitions, as well as Colorado’s largest authentic American Indian juried art show, featuring nationally acclaimed artists.

At 10 a.m. both Saturday and Sunday, festivities begin with the customary Gourd Dance. Following the dance at 11 a.m.—and new to the event … Read the entire post >

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A bear and a dog: The unlikely friendship of Sissy and Lobo

The Arnold family built The Fort as their home, and it’s where they raised their family, including two four-legged best friends. For now-proprietress Holly Arnold, The Fort was the backdrop to a childhood filled with wonderful experiences—including growing up with Lobo, the German Shepherd, and his best friend, Sissy, an American black bear.Sissy Bear and Lobo

Lobo found his way to the Arnolds after a life of abuse—or rather, they found him! While living in Denver during the construction of The Fort, Sam … Read the entire post >

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Bent’s Old Fort Gives Visitors a Feel for Fur Trade Life

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Carpenters, blacksmiths and trappers, oh my! This past March, “Frontier Skills Day” at Bent’s Old Fort invited visitors to step back in time more than 180 years, and live a day as frontiersmen through an immersive role-play experience. Hosted by the National Park Service, the March 19 event put visitors to the test with survival activities such as adobe brick-making, frontier cooking, fur trading and learning Indian sign language.

“Frontier Skills Day” reenacted the bustling life of the historic fort, … Read the entire post >

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Bowl of the Wife of Kit Carson

Bowl of the Wife of Kit Carson - A heady, spicy broth of chicken with nice bites of chicken, nutty garbanzo beans, rice with cubes of  monterry jack cheese melting, oregano, chunks of avacado and chipotle chile for a distinctive smokey bite.

What’s better than a delicious soup with a side of history? The recipe for Bowl of the Wife of Kit Carson soup is The Fort’s take on classic caldo tlalpeño, and the tale of its name is a flavorful addition to its history.

In 1961, two years before The Fort’s opening, the Arnold family road tripped to Mexico and stopped in the Mexican border town of Durango. There they ate lunch in a local drugstore known for its delicious, authentic … Read the entire post >

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Cheers to National Margarita Day

The Fort's modern interpretation, the prickly pear margarita

It may help un-Monday your day to know it is National Margarita Day! A festive favorite, the original margarita is a simple, refreshing blend of lime, tequila and triple sec liqueur.

Served frosty and fiesta-ready, the drink has a storied history. According to Smithsonian.com, the most prevalent origin story is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera first mixed the drink at his Tijuana-area restaurant, Rancho La Gloria, in 1938. Another tale, and one that would explain the drink’s name, is that … Read the entire post >

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Awards Nominee, “The Revenant,” Lightly Seasoned with Western Culinary History

Roasted Buffalo Marrow Bones or Prairie Butter - Roasted buffalo marrow sprinkled with salt, pepper and a few drops of green jalapeno sauce.

The 88th Academy Awards are just around the corner, and much of the Oscar season buzz has surrounded the highly acclaimed 12-time nominee, “The Revenant.” The western revenge epic of real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass (played by Oscar-ready-and-waiting actor Leonardo DiCaprio), has brought the American west to the forefront of pop culture—and believe it or not, highlights some of the traditional western fare served at The Fort!

“The Revenant” confronts the significance and brutality of the fur trapping trade, and the … Read the entire post >

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Save the Date for Colorado’s Largest Authentic American Indian Art Show

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Tesoro Cultural Center will host its 16th annual Indian Market & Powwow on Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15, on the grounds of The Fort Restaurant. The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and entrance fees – $5 for adults, $3 for students with valid IDs, and free admission for children under 12 and seniors 65 years and older – benefit Tesoro’s ongoing educational programs.

Tesoro Cultural Center’s Indian Market & Powwow is a yearly … Read the entire post >

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The Fort’s Hot Sausage Bean Dip

Are you hosting a party for Playoffs this weekend? We understand that if there is a specific snack football fans crave during an intense Sunday game on a chilly winter day, it is delicious buffalo sausage bean dip. This recipe is also a treat during the summer months and can be heated up over a hot, smoky fire at your campsite. At The Fort, we serve this dip with buffalo sausage, but it is just as tasty with your favorite … Read the entire post >

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Christmas in Old Santa Fe

A large crowd gathers in the courtyard of the Fort restaurant for the annual lighting of the farolitos.  The Tesoro Cultural Center celebrated the tradition of the lighting of the farolitos, a yearly event at The Fort restaurant in Morrison Colorado, on November 28, 2011. The southwestern tradition of the lighting of the farolitos has been celebrated in Colorado for the past 24 years.  Families gather from all over Colorado to participate in group caroling, food and drinks and the traditional pinecone lighting ceremony.   Manuel Martinez/Viva Colorado

Christmas in Old Santa Fe is a delightful experience. The cool, crisp winter air is perfumed with smoke from piñon and native cedar fires. On Christmas Eve, many Santa Feans travel south about 40 miles to a wonderful American Indian pueblo called San Felipe for a very special occasion. The little church is lit with oil lamps, and American Indians dance up to the altar in a prayer ceremony, followed by a midnight mass.

At The Fort, we follow a … Read the entire post >

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