A UTE PAINTED PICTOGRAPHIC MUSLIN
painted in numerous colors, in three registers, the uppermost, depicting a Sun Dance, with tall pole, two dancers and eighteen onlookers beneath a semi-circular evergreen enclosure, the center, depicting a Bear Dance, with a line of facing men and women, each of the women with a wearing blanket drawn around her shoulders, flanked left and right by two larger male figures, one standing, the other seated, the lowermost, with four tableaus, at left, a golden eagle swooping down upon a prostrate quadruped, in the center, a man behind the cover of a tree as a nearby snake emerges from an earthen mound, at right, a man with a knife, his shirt sleeve torn, confronting a ferocious black bear, followed by a pronghorn entwined with a striped snake, its throat being bitten by the serpent
Dimensions: 79½ x 70 in. (2.01 x 1.77 m.)
Reportedly collected by Major Howell Plummer Myton, who was appointed to the Indian Commission for Utah by President McKinley in 1897, and who subsequently became a U.S. Indian agent on the Uintah (Ute) Indian Reservation in White Rocks, Utah.