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Buckskin Charley

  • Ute Chief Buckskin Charley

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    Studio portrait of Buckskin Charlie Chief of the Southern Utes in wool coat and cap, wearing braids.
    Ute Chief Buckskin Charley
  • Buckskin Charley and wife To-Wee

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    Studio portrait of Chief Buckskin Charley and wife To-wee or Tee-Wee (Emma Naylor Buck). To-wee wears a buckskin dress, concho belt, beaded necklace, large earrings and beaded moccasins. Buckskin Charley wears a cloth shirt with hair locks and beaded moccasins. He wears the Rutherford Hayes Indian Peace Medal and carries a catlinite pipe and beaded pipe bag.
    Buckskin Charley and wife To-Wee
  • Antonio and Julian Buck

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    Cabinet photo of Buckskin Charley and Emma Buck’s sons in traditional Ute dress. Antonia Buck is standing and Julian Buck is seated.
    Antonio and Julian Buck
  • Buckskin Charley with Peace Medal
  • Three Ute Chiefs

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    Three Ute chiefs standing in front of a teepee. Seated is Chief Buckskin Charley (Moache), to his right is Chief Ignacio (Weeminuche) and to his left is Severo (Caputa). Severo and Ignacio wear Indian Police badges.
    Three Ute Chiefs
  • Southern Utes

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    Group of seven males, three females and a child in traditional Ute dress standing in front of teepees, probably near Ignacio, Colorado. Chief Buckskin Charley is fifth from left, Severo is sixth from left, and Emma Buck is eighth from left. Presumably this is Buckskin Charley’s family.
    Southern Utes
  • Buckskin Charley on horse

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    Southern Ute Chief Buckskin Charley on horseback wearing overalls, boots and a western hat.
    Buckskin Charley on horse
  • Beaded moccasins

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    Pair of beaded moccasins (ca. 1880) presumably belonging to Buckskin Charley and given as gift to Issakson family.
    Beaded moccasins
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Gary Courtney, “Early Pioneer of Vallecito: Chief Buckskin Charley,” The Vallecito Legend, November 13, 2005.

Robert Delaney, ed., Southern Ute Lands, 1848–1899: The Creation of a Reservation, Occasional Paper of the Center of Southwest Studies, No. 1, Fort Lewis College (Durango, CO: Center of Southwest Studies, 1972).

 Barry M. Pritzker, Native Americans: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Peoples, vol. 1 (Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 1998).

Frances Leon Quintana, Ordeal of Change: The Southern Utes and Their Neighbors (New York: Altamira Press, 2004).

Rio Blanco County Historical Society, “Meeker Colorado and White River Valley,” n.d.

Virginia McConnell Simmons, The Ute Indians of Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2000).

Southern Ute Indian Tribe, “History of the Southern Ute,” n.d.

Richard K. Young, The Ute Indians of Colorado in the Twentieth Century (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1997).

Additional Information: 

Bertha Pauline Dutton, The Ranchería, Ute, and Southern Ute Peoples, 2nd ed. (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1976).

James Jefferson, Robert W. Delaney, and Gregory C. Thompson, The Southern Utes: A Tribal History (Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press, 1972).

Jan Pettit, Utes: The Mountain People, rev. ed. (Boulder: Johnson Books, 1990).

P. David Smith, Ouray: Chief of the Utes (Ouray, CO: Wayfinder Press, 1986).

Marshall Sprague, Massacre: The Tragedy at White River (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1980).

Omer C. Stewart, Ute Indians: Before and After White Contact (Boulder: University of Colorado Press, 1966).