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Fort Reno Ledger Drawing / Unknown

Essay/Description

This drawing summarizes a variety of actions in a few symbols. The warrior in an eagle feather bonnet and trailer is shown from the back as he uses a tomahawk to count coup on an opponent. Three shots have been fired from behind a bluff. The Cheyenne’s horse with his tail tied and decorated for battle and an eagle feather and bandana hanging from its chin, stands by as he has been trained to do.

From the article: Preserving History in the Southern Plains: Cheyenne and Arapaho Ledger Drawings from Fort Reno, Plains Indian Art, Created in Community.
Emma I. Hansen, Curator Emerita and Senior Scholar for the Buffalo Bill Center of the West, 2016.

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Title(s): 
Fort Reno Ledger Drawing
Creator(s): 
Unknown
Culture: 
Native American; Arapaho, Cheyenne
Date: 
1887
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 1/2 (L) × 7 1/2 in. (W) (31.8 × 19.1 cm)
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
4526.11.104
Department: 
Not On View

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