McInnis Canyons documentary tonight at Museum of the West

A free screening of an award-winning documentary about the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area will be available tonight in Grand Junction.

“Stories From the Land: McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area,” which was produced by the Museum of Western Colorado and the Colorado Canyons Association, received an award of merit for leadership in history from the American Association of State and Local History.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Museum of the West, 462 Ute Ave.

The association was “interested in how museums can interpret the landscape,” said Zebulon Miracle, curator of anthropology for the museum.

Miracle coordinated interviews with a variety of people familiar with the wild lands west of Grand Junction, including archaeologists, ranchers, Ute leaders and others. The 35-minute documentary includes those interviews and photographs from the national conservation area and was commissioned by the Colorado Canyons Association in 2010 to celebrate the area’s 10-year anniversary.

“This documentary is an exciting example of the great work Colorado Canyons Association has accomplished in a very short time,” association Executive Director Joe Neuhof said.

The museum association this year conferred 59 national awards, honoring people, projects, exhibits, books and organizations.

The Museum of Western Colorado previously was recognized by the organization for its work that found evidence to support the story of Alferd Packer, the so-called Colorado Cannibal.


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