ROBBYN HICKMAN’s ethnic lineage and heritage are primarily Navajo. For the last several years, he has devoted much of his life to learning the traditions, rituals, and dances of his tribe. He regularly performs traditional dances at inter-tribal pow-wows and similar gatherings devoted to cultural preservation and celebration. He is a student in the College of Engineering, University of Colorado Denver, Downtown Denver Campus.
During the summers of 2005 and 2006 Robbyn served as a Place and Native Voice intern in the interpretive division of Rocky Mountain National Park, near Estes Park, Colorado.
Since the American Indian tribes with the closest traditional cultural affiliation with the Park are the Arapaho and the Ute, Robbyn began his internship in the summer of 2005 with a week-long visit with elders of the Northern Arapaho tribe at the Wind River Reservation in Wyoming.
There he received teachings which, with the elders’ permission, he incorporated into the first of the two presentations posted here. Then in the summer of 2006, he spent a week at the Uinta and Ouray Ute Reservation in northeastern Utah, where he received teachings which, with the elders’ permission, he incorporated into the second of the two presentations posted here.