This arrow is made with a wooden shaft. The metal point is broken off. The shaft is made of wood. The nock (at the rearmost end) is notched. The feather fletchings are held in place with sinew and are from hawks. It appears that the feathers have also been glued, most likely by the collector. The shaft has two incised lines along its length.
Verner Reed (1863-1919) came to Colorado in 1893 and became one of the State’s wealthiest citizens through mining, real estate and other business ventures. In the early part of the 20th century, he conducted extensive studies of indigenous peoples of North America, especially Ute tribes and some Pueblos. He lectured, published and collected. His wife donated a collection of American Indian objects, including Ute objects, to History Colorado in 1928.
Typed on a piece of masking tape attached to the arrow shaft: "Taken from a dead miner in 1864".