I love to soak in the hot springs here just as she did, and I drive every weekend to Montrose, where she lived for years and where she's buried. We both love babies and we both adopted sons, although I was also able to have children and she was not.
Chipeta did gorgeous beadwork, and gave much of her work away to friends. This is a detail of a piece that is displayed in the Historical Museum here in Glenwood Springs:
I hope to get a better photo when we can get the big heavy cabinet away from the wall so I won't be photographing it through the glass!
Chipeta lived during a time of incredible change in the West, and she adapted with a cheerful heart and a generous spirit. I'm taking my manuscript to an SCBWI non-fiction workshop in Boulder next weekend, an my roomie will be Nancy Bo Flood!