Little Raven was an Arapaho chief...
and one of the most farsighted Native Americans.
Our street was named after him. It seemed only right to name our wine shop
after him, as well. When the ‘palefaces’ came, Little Raven welcomed
them. He invited them into his camp and fed them delicate native foods. He
showed them what plants were edible and how to find game. He visited the
palefaces in their strange square homes. He was very interested in other
cultures and was eager to share his own.
He was always a man of
much more interested in learning than in fighting. Because he became
friendly with the European settlers, he was warned about Sand Creek. When
the massacre happened and many of the Arapaho were killed, Little Raven
and his tribe were miles away and safe. President Ulysses S. Grant heard about
Little Raven and invited him to the White House where they signed a peace
treaty. President Grant presented Little Raven with a fabulous golden peace
pipe, today worth millions. Before Little Raven re-located his tribe to
the reservation in Oklahoma, legend has it he hid the golden peace pipe somewhere
in the area where his tribe had lived, right here in Colorado. Some believe
that peace pipe is buried directly underneath Little Raven Vineyards.