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Fort Reno Ledger Drawing / Unknown

Essay/Description

In this drawing from the 1879 ledger book, a Cheyenne warrior counts coup on a fallen adversary as he attempts to shoot his arrow. The artist drew the enemy with few details while his own self-portrait includes identifying features – the black shirt and hat with a silver pin, German silver pendant, bandana with a silver slide, silver arm bands and hair plates, and a shield with images of the sun and full and crescent moons.

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; Cheyenne
Date: 
1879
Dimensions: 
Overall: 12 3/8 (L) × 7 9/16 in. (W) (31.4 × 19.2 cm)
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
4526.19.46
Department: 
Not On View

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