Artists: Anonymous Artists
Commentary by Paul Stavast
Director of the BYU Museum of Peoples and Cultures
These artifacts were collected by Mildred Miles Dillman while her and her family lived near the Ute reservation in the Uintah Basin in the early 1900s. Mildred taught among the Ute Indians for more than 30 years. Many of those years were spent teaching children at the White Rock Indian School near Roosevelt, Utah. Naomi Dillman Lunt, Mildred’s daughter, remembered her mother inviting the Indians to lunch every week. Mildred would often purchase beaded work and finely woven baskets. Over time, Mrs. Dillman amassed an impressive collection of hand-crafted Ute artifacts. The collection was passed to her daughter Naomi. The collection was on display for many years at the Pioneer Village Museum at amusement park Lagoon in Farmington, Utah. In 1987, the collection was given to BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures.
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