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Rocky Mountain Ute features two Ute warriors making their way through the Colorado high country in early spring tracking game for their people. The river is moving quickly, fueled by snow melt. One rider is about to cross, while the other keeps lookout. The riders are clad in clothing typical of the day: trade blankets and leather leggings adorned by the individual. The lead has a red Hudson Bay blanket over his waist. He is armed with a Winchester Yellow Boy rifle (a carbine from 1866) studded with brass tacks on the stock. The rear rider is wearing a trade-blanket-turned-coat (called a “capote”), also Hudson Bay. Both men wear eagle feathers, with the back rider also attaching feathers to his horse’s reins. They sit on saddle pads from buffalo hide. I saw this landscape on one of my research trips: It really resonated with me. I could just see the two warriors about to cross the frigid water in the late day.
Because of their ancestral homeland in the Rocky Mountain West, the Ute are known as the “Blue Sky People” or the “People of the Shining Mountains”. The tribe’s territory once extended from the southern Rockies (in present-day Colorado) to the the Sevier River (in present-day Utah). They also reached the upper San Juan River in the south and up in to what is now Wyoming. Traditionally, the Ute were nomadic, raiding and foraging for food in a land where little vegetation grew and big game was hard to come by. The Ute interacted with the Pueblo peoples of northern New Mexico and acquired horses from them in the latter 1600s.