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And the West is History: Parade Past the Old High School – ca. 1940

F.J. Will shot this color image of Southern Utes on horseback on parade in front of the old Durango High School on 12th Street in the early 1940s. Although the image and faces are blurry, in working with the staff members at the Southern Ute Cultural Center and Museum, we believe that Antonio Buck Sr. is on the shorter horse, second from right. The hereditary chief of the Southern Utes, Sapiah or Buckskin Charlie died in 1936. His son, Antonio Buck Sr. became the last hereditary chief of the Southern Utes and later became the first elected chairman of the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. – Ed Horvat for Animas Museum, edhorvat@animasmuseum.org (Catalog Number: 86.19.6 from the La Plata County Historical Society Photo Collection)