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Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Colorado

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An anthropologist who put the tribe's language on paper for the first time is donating his research collection to the tribe's Cultural Center and Museum. In 40 years of study, James Goss collected clothing, beadwork, maps, photographs and reports on American Indian tribes, plus records of the Ute language from early explorers such as John Wesley Powell. His donation includes a recording of tribal member Eddie Box broadcasting tribal news over KIUP-AM radio in Durango in the Ute language during the summer of 1961. "This will be much more useful to the next generation of Utes than it would be in a university library or divided up by my descendants after I'm passed on," said Goss, 67, a professor emeritus at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. "The Ute people gave me my career and now it's payback time. ... " Goss recently returned to the museum, 40 years after coming to Ignacio to develop an alphabet, dictionary and complete grammar of the Southern Ute language. David Box, a Southern Ute elder who helped arrange some of Goss' first Ignacio interviews, said he would tell the Southern Ute people, "We've got something that's good here because we're going to use this when the time comes in the future."