The Aspen Archives: Sheepherder Testimonies

September 29

5:00pm - 8:00pm

Audience: Alumni,  Current Student,  Faculty,  Neighbor or Friend,  Prospective Student,  Staff

The Aspen Archives contextualizes the sociocultural, historical, and political references alluded to in an array of aspen arborglyph carvings documented in the Routt National Forest over the past fifty years and dating back to 1925. Historical and contemporary photographs and maps, oral histories of sheepherders, ranchers, and artisanal wool processors, and multilingual narratives (Spanish-English-Quechua) detail the origins of shepherding in Colorado and the American West. The exhibit provides a context for understanding some of the long-standing links between sheep ranches in northwestern Colorado with herders from rural high country communities in northern New Mexico, México, and Perú.