Monday, May 8, 2017

Day 84: Native American Influence

The Baldpate Inn has been the welcome recipient of many Native American influences throughout the years.

As a young man, Charles Eagle Plume worked at The Baldpate Inn. Later in life, he operated a trading post not far from The Baldpate Inn. I remember visiting his store many times as a young one. I was thrilled by his tipi and artistic artifacts. On one special occasion, I was delighted in his kindness when he gave me a much-treasured feather.

The Baldpate’s Santa Fe Art Collection celebrates Native American life in the early 20th Century, and other photos in our black and white photo collection depict many special moments.

A Golden Globe winning TV mini-series, “Centennial” (1978-1979) told the story of Colorado’s cultural and economic growth in the 18th through 20th centuries. Part of the filming took place at our very own Lily Lake.  We have several photos of this time, and would love to know more of the stories surrounding them. Our Baldpate friend and photographer Moses Swindler (Street) recently posted a photo taken during the filming of himself with Actor Richard Chamberlain.

Our key collection also honors Native American history. Of several donations, one is from 1936: a key that had been used as the front door of the Cherokee National Female Seminary’s Administrative Building in Oklahoma.

A thrill of curiosity surrounds this beautiful "Baldpate 7 Keys" Native American styled jewelry. (Note the keys in the details!) We have always wondered who created these stunning custom pieces, and how and when they arrived at Baldpate.  Another mystery, anyone have the story?

Written by Liz Rodgers

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