Moving with the seasons, the Utes covered vast areas of Colorado and surrounding states. Summer would find the tribes in the high country of the Rockies. In the fall, attention turned to gathering food and supplies and preparing for the harsh season ahead. Winters were spent in the semi-arid country of northern New Mexico and Utah, trading with neighbors. Springtime would find the various groups heading back to the high country of the Rockies. The traditional Ute food gathering and hunting lifestyle brought the Utes into inevitable, tragic, and absolute conflict with incoming settlers, soldiers, and miners, who wanted to divide up the Ute homeland into privately owned parcels.
The heart of Ute history lies in the oral tradition and is slowly fading away. Utes: The Mountain People presents the rich panorama of Ute history, from the archaeological features of prehistoric Ute cultures to elements of present-day Ute culture. A wealth of rare and historic photographs of early Utes and important leaders, and an abundance of information on tepee culture, Ute artwork, stories, songs, dances, and religious ceremonies, hunting and horsemanship, wars, skirmishes, and treaties make this book a valuable resource for anyone interest in Native American cultures.
Paperback, c 1990, 178 p. : ill. ; 15 cm. Includes bibliographical references (169-172) and index.
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