Koshare celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America
P. O. Box 580, 115 W 18th Street, La Junta CO 81050, 719-384-4411
Open daily 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM Monday and Wednesday open until 9:00 PM, closed on Major Holidays.
$5 for adults, $3 for youth 7-17 and seniors 55+ , 6 & under - FREE
Group prices (groups of 10 or more) - $3 for adults and $2 for youth
Available: Hotel accommodations & Guided tours, call for more information.
The Koshare (Clown) at left is by the late J. Michael Standing Bear of LaJunta Pueblo, New Mexico.
The Museum has launched its online store. You can now shop online, at the above link, for authentic Native American pots, jewelry, kachinas, books and more.
The famed Koshare Indian Dancers will perform authentic Pueblo Indian
dancers during its Winter & Summer Ceremonials. The price of a ticket includes free
entrance into the Museum. Show dates are scheduled for days right after Christmas and New Years Day and during the months of June, July and August. Please go to their site to check for show dates. Koshare Indian Museum
Ticket prices are $8/adult and $5/student (3 to 17 years old) No reservations are required. Come early for seats and to view the Museum.
James Francis "Buck" Burshears (1903-1987) was a man of vision. Raised in a railroad family in La Junta, Colorado, Buck was surrounded by connections and the possibilities that stem from diverse groups coming together, such as East meeting West via the railroad, Native Americans meeting Europeans at Bent's Old Fort. After graduating from Colorado College in 1933, Buck began to create a connection between his love for Scouting with his interest in Native American culture. For over 50 years, Buck built Boy Scout Troop 232, the Koshare Indian Dancers, and the Koshare Indian Museum from the ground up. Buck saw that where the past connects with the future lies a wealth of opportunity.
Koshares are not a tribe, but they are an integral part of Pueblo society. During dances, these black-and-white striped characters portray unacceptable behavior and provide entertainment while reinforcing community values. Buck thought the name was appropriate for his group of boys and so he named them the Koshare Indian Dancers. The Koshare Indian Dancers are the members of Boy Scout Troop 232 and Venturing Crew 230 of the Rocky Mountain Council, Boy Scouts of America. For over 65 years, they have entertained people during summer and winter performances and other shows at home, as well as across the nation.
The diverse collection offers a unique visit for all. The Koshare Indian Museum houses an extensive collection of Indian painting and artifacts. The late J.F. "Buck" Burshears started the Koshare Dancers and museum collection in 1933. The collection connects Buck's interest in Native American culture and his desire to educate the Koshare Indian Dancers. Over The museum and library provide a tremendous resource in terms of local, regional, and national perspective. View the renowned collection of Plains and Southwest art and artifacts including basketry, pottery, weapons, jewelry, paintings, sculptures, and textiles. The library contains many unique, first edition and out of print books relating to Native American history, crafts, and stories.
You are invited to visit and experience first-hand the uniqueness of a Boy Scout program that built a Museum. The museum houses a Kiva Trading Post which offers a variety of Native American art of very high quality, most of which can be purchased directly from the artists. It offers an excellent selection of Native American prints, pots, jewelry, baskets, kachinas, and other items. Native American video and audio tapes, as well as books on tribal traditions and languages are available. Thanks to the generosity of the late William McKenzie, the Trading Post is also a regional Scout distribution center, well stocked with uniform and other Scouting items in the William R. McKenzie Scout Center.
The Koshare Indian Museum is located 18 block south of Highway 50 (First Street) on the campus of Otero Junior College. It is easily reached by heading south on Colorado Avenue to 18th Street then one block west.