The Artist – cont.2

By 1920, the father had built a small guest cottage (since removed) for Lone Wolf and his wife on the Butterfly Lodge’s property. A few years later, he gave the lodge to Lone Wolf and Naoma. Over the mantle of the main cabin they hung Lone Wolf’s painting of the Grand Canyon, which he had painted for her as a wedding present. They also decorated the cabin’s large fireplace with figures of bison that he had sculpted. He considered himself an Indian, so on the walls they displayed tomahawks, buffalo robes, Indian rugs, beaded outfits of buckskin, war bonnets, and his grandfather’s suit decorated with strips of hair that Lone Wolf said were scalps that had been taken by his relatives in Montana.

Butterfly Lodge became his winter/spring studio, and was often visited by friends, the famous, and the curious. In the summer, the couple traveled to St. Mary’s Lake at Glacier Park, where his studio was in a tipi. They also spent many winters in Tucson, where he would dress as a Blackfoot and ride horseback in its annual La Fiesta de los Vaqueros rodeo parades.

The Mormon community in the eastern Arizona town of Eagar was very proud of the large five-foot by eight-foot painting depicting Jacob Hamblin as missionary among the Navajos that Lone Wolf donated to their stake. It still is displayed at the LDS church in Eagar.

Hart Merriam “Lone Wolf” Schultz was almost 88 when he died on February 9, 1970 in Tucson. His ashes were buried in Montana in the grave of his Blackfoot uncle, Last Rider.