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Photos: Bear dance celebrates spring

Published: Monday, April 30 2012 9:59 p.m. MDT

Ute musicians play traditional music at the Randlett Bear Dance in Randlett, Uintah County, on Monday, April 30, 2012. Instead of playing drums, the musicians play the rasp, whose sound is meant to mimic the growling and clawing of a bear who has just come out of hibernation in the spring. The Bear Dance, a traditional Ute Indian dance that celebrates the arrival of spring, is considered a social event that allows tribal members to reconnect with one another after the isolation that can take place during long, cold winters.

Geoff Liesik, Geoff Liesik, Deseret News

Lloyd Arrive, left, Ute Bear Dance Chief Skyler Lomahaftewa, Eric Wells and Sheriden Wells play traditional music at the Randlett Bear Dance in Uintah County, on Monday. The sound is meant to mimic the growling and clawing of a bear after hibernation. Right, Sarah Cuch and Daniel Cesspooch dance the Bear Dance, a traditional Ute Indian dance that celebrates the arrival of spring, a social event that allows tribal members to reconnect with one another.

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