This circa 1871 William Gunnison Chamberlain portrait of a Ute man has minimal bibliographic detail. The Ute people were wary of being photographed. Accounts of the time attribute this to worries of becoming sick, something we might attribute to interaction of an outsider with a relatively closed community. Often neglected is the political climate of the era. The long running Black Hawk War (1865-1872) with Mormon settlers gave Native Americans an immediate reason to be waryr lands in Utah were seized. Five years later conflicts in Colorado lead to the seizure of the gold-rich lands promised by treaty.