Native Braids: a grandmother continues her family's storytelling tradition

Four Corners Public Radio | By KSUT Staff
Published December 1, 2021
Kathryn Jacket, at a youth camp in Towaoc, Colorado. Summer, 2021. /Anthony Two Moons/
Hear this story and others on the Native Braids website.

Most Ute kids grow up hearing legend stories. Kathryn Jacket remembers the stories her grandmother used to tell her at night before bedtime. “It was like a storybook, and I would fall asleep halfway through and the next night we would pick up again,” she tells her granddaughter.

Now Kathryn Jacket is a grandmother herself. When she sat down for an interview with her granddaughter, Jeralyne Arnold, Jeralyne asked to hear a favorite legend story.

Kathryn Jacket tells one of the many stories of bigfoot, a creature known to the Ute people as Siaatch.

When to listen on KSUT:

Native Braids episodes can be heard on both Tribal Radio and Four Corners Public Radio at approximately the following times (actual time may vary slightly due to story length):

- Mondays and Wednesdays: at approx 7:50 AM during Morning Edition

- Tuesdays and Thursdays: at approx 5:50 PM during All Things Considered