New World InfluencesEdit
During the western expansion of what we know now as the United States, the Buti-Buti encountered the new Americans and did their best to avoud the conflict and changes that these settlers would bring. Some of the settlers encountered by the Buti-Buti were able to have positive relations and engaged in trading with the Buti-Buti. Here is where we see the key difference between the Buti-Buti and other native american cultures. The Buti-Buti openly adopted and received some of the technology and different methods of living from positive relations they engaged in with settlers. They traded for guns, metals, ammunition, even some of the finer things like linen and clothing. This helped them to live easier, but continue their nomadic lifestyle. They even allowed some settlers to join the tribe and learn their ways and adapt some of their ways of living in the process. Eventually the intensity of the expansion grew immensely and more people began moving west. The threat of Christianity and reservation life was looming and this forced the Buti-Buti to flee to the bottom edge of Uncompahgre Plateau in a secluded area almost completely surrounded by mountains. This area has been strangely not industrialized and has allowed the tribe to remain out of the reservation system and to live off the land freely, but severed the ties they once had their nomadic roots. This has kept them hidden from any further influences and has allowed them to largely preserve their culture and it still remains largely the same as the last time they came down the mountain.