Ute warriors challenge nature by traveling in the Colorado high country in the dead of winter.
These two Ute travelers are prepared for both the environment and any strangers they might encounter. The front rider, clad in elk hides, keeps a vigilant lookout and carries his arrow quiver. The back rider, covered in a buffalo robe, has a gun case for a Kentucky long rifle. The rifle case dates this image to the early 1800s, as does the Hudson Bay blanket used by the front rider.
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James Ayers specializes in portrayals of historic Native American cultures. His mission is to honor the customs and beauty of traditional Native American cultures through his paintings. More information at Jamesayers.com