Grampa Jasper (Weech) sang & Gramma Rebecca & Uncles danced with our relatives the Lawrence Appah Family.
I was raised by my Cuch Family. They danced with other Ute dancers for many tribal events.
My Uncle Joop (Nuns) in the red regalia made my first outfit and taught me how to dance. I followed him like a duckling. My Uncle Wilson Johnson looked on. Gramma Rebecca watched on the side line.
After graduating from the Institute of American Indian Arts and the Anthropology Film Center in Santa Fe, N.M. I returned home to create the one of the first Native film production groups in the states. We produced over 600 productions on Ute culture & history for our tribal archives. I left the tribe in 2002 to produce my own productions.
I was with Fleet Tactical Air Squadron VRC-50 flying C-2 (COD) Cargo Planes to and from Yankee Station & the Phillipines.
I've played with a few bands over the years. Our first band, "Royal Coachmen" in the 60's. This band were all Ute musicians from past bands reunited to play the UBIC.
I had the opportunity to present to the Scouts Jamboree in the High Uinta Mountains.
The Ute Tribe's Uintah River High School won the State Charter High School Basketball Championship in 2014. It was a fun story to film.
I worked as the Headstart Fatherhood Coordinator. I created little books on Ute culture, which we used to create Ute artifacts the fathers and their children made.