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Ledger Book Drawing

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Ink, crayon, woven paper
  • Possible Place Collected: Darlington, Missouri, United States
  • DATES ca. 1890
    DIMENSIONS 7 1/4 x 14 in. (18.4 x 35.6 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 1992.76.1
    CREDIT LINE A. Augustus Healy Fund
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    CAPTION Possibly Cheyenne (Native American). Ledger Book Drawing, ca. 1890. Ink, crayon, woven paper, 7 1/4 x 14 in. (18.4 x 35.6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, A. Augustus Healy Fund, 1992.76.1
    IMAGE overall, 1992.76.1_transp3554.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The reservation era of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when Native American tribes had ceded their land to the federal government and were confined to set aside tracts of land, created profound cultural changes for the Plains peoples. The masculine artistic tradition of painting warrior's exploits on hide shirts and robes declined but men continued to record their deeds and their changing way of life in paintings and drawings on canvas, muslin, and small notebooks, or ledger books. Many of these works memorialize individual achievements in hunting and warfare. Some ledger books were carried into battle and "captured" on the battlefield. U.S. Army men who had amicable relations with Indian scouts or were guards of Native American prisoners commissioned others. This drawing depicts one warrior scalping another fallen warrior who is dropping his bow and arrows.
    RECORD COMPLETENESS Good (73%)
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