Born in Kentucky, Walter Ufer received much of his formal training in Germany before returning to the States, eventually arriving at Toas. Which would become his home and inspiration for the remainder of his life. Whilst the landscape of the area provided much interest to Ufer it was predominately the local Pueblo Indian population that stimulated his fascination with the area. Spurred on by a commitment to social justice he sought to depict Native American life with compassion and dignity. Unfortunately Ufer was dogged by bouts of depression, alcoholism and suffered heavily during the great depression, dying in 1936. However, much of his work survives and serves to document an important aspect of American life that often remained ignored.