Ute ancestral history written in stone at Garden of Gods

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COLORADO SPRINGS — Alden Naranjo’s ancestors whisper to him as he prowls the Garden of the Gods. Bonnie Frum finds serenity and hope among its sandstone spires and humpbacked formations.

Both celebrated the 100th anniversary Thursday of the park’s bequest to Colorado Springs by railroad magnate Charles Elliot Perkins.

“My people feel our spiritual way of life started here,” said Naranjo, a historian and member of the Moache band of the Southern Ute. “This is where we resided; this is where our elders grew up. We are here to celebrate the preservation of this place.”

Frum, who represented the Garden of the Gods Foundation at a ceremony celebrating the anniversary, said the park, admission to which is free, demonstrates the power of one person — Perkins — to change lives.



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