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Fort Reno Ledger Drawing / Unknown

Essay/Description

Bird Chief on horseback and carrying a feather fan, talks with two women. One of the women carries an axe indicating that the two have been out collecting firewood. She wears a cloth dress with a shawl around her waist and a concho belt. The other woman has a plaid shawl wrapped around her waist. In courtship, men often tried to meet women who were away from the camp doing chores such as getting water or collecting firewood for moments of privacy.

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: 
4526.11.40
Department: 
Not On View

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