I've passed over this photo many times because I had no idea where it was taken. I should have looked more carefully since it is labeled "398. Ute Teepees, copyright 1899 Smith-Hassell Denver." I've found a few references to "Smith-Hassell Company" from this era, but no photographs like this.
Looks like an outhouse on the right partially hidden in the brush.
Buzz on 10th October 2018 @ 7:57am
It is theorized that the Ute people bent trees, so they would grow as trail markers.
In this photo it looks like they did a little more than bend them. Looks like they uprooted them right out of the ground.
L.E. on 10th October 2018 @ 8:21am
'These are usefull TPs, two photos ago there was no peak and no smoke flap, non heated and no shelter from rain~
Kenn on 10th October 2018 @ 5:26pm
This is a typical Ute camp of the late 19th century. The brush shelter is very typical of the Utes and served as kind of a sunshade in semi-arid locations they also served a living shelters and sometime had canvas or hide coverings. I have a very similar photo by Smith-Hassley. The Ute were somewhat dispersed from high altitude to high desert location at this point
Michael H on 25th October 2019 @ 11:48am