This arrow has a metal point and turkey feather fletches secured with sinew. There is a painted red band with two small green stripes on the shaft.
On March 16, 2015 during a NAGPRA collections review, designated tribal representatives from the three Ute tribes informed History Colorado staff that the grooves along the shaft mean this arrow was likely used for hunting animals, as the grooves allow the animal’s blood to be let out and the arrow to be easily removed.
These arrows originally was supposed to have belonged to Chief Ouray. Chief Ouray gave these arrows along with a bow and quiver to Buckskin Charlie who later sold these items to Thomas D.L. Wheeler. When Mr. Wheeler passed, these items came into the possession of his sister, Mrs. Phebe H.W. Fell. Mrs. Fell is listed as the donor. However, the Society became aware of these items when Mrs. Fell loaned them to Mr. W. Bartram who shared a building with Oliver C. Wise. Mr. Wise made the initial contact with the Society about these items.