Ute Indian and Family, Colorado

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This view is worth your careful study for many reasons. First of all, you will be interested in the Indian man mounted on his pony, with the rope tether at his side. He is a straight, square-shouldered person, a good type of the Ute (t) tribe. As in common with these Indians, he wears his hair in two braids, one hanging on the front of either shoulder. You will notice, too, that, unlike white plainsmen, he does not wear tall boots. He has his feet encased in Indian moccasins. The Indian woman, as is the custom of this tribe, lets her hair hang loose. Over her shoulders is a woolen shawl, woven in a pattern common to western Indians. But perhaps the figure of most interest is the Indian baby fastened in his upright cradle. Not much of his face can be seen under his large hat, but he appears to be enjoying his living quarters as much as if he were in a fine crib. The Ute Indians belong to the Shoshone (sh sh´ n) tribe, which formerly lived in the region from Oregon and Idaho almost to the Gulf of Mexico; and from Montana to the Pacific. It is believed that they are related to the Aztecs, and came from beyond the Rio Grande River. The Utes themselves lived in parts of Colorado, New Mexico, California, and Utah. This last state gets its name from the Indians. When the white men found them, these Indians were powerful warriors. They were such expert horsemen. They were the terror of the California gold seekers who crossed the plains. It was a fight for life when the Utes attacked a wagon train. At the present time the Utes live on reservations (rz´ r-v´ shn) chiefly in Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. The reservation in which this view was taken is in a strip of country along the southwestern boundary of Colorado. Keystone ID: 8082 Note: All titles, descriptions, and location coordinates are from the original Keystone Slide documentation as supplied by the Keystone View Company. No text has been edited or changed.
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