MS 1303 Ledger book of drawings, probably Lakota and Cheyenne
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Collection ID:
Roman Nose, (Lakota chief)
Strong, Samuel E.
White, Charles C.
Physical Description:
1 Item
disbound volume of 83 drawings+ 3 pages of notes
graphite, colored pencil, and ink
20 x 32 cm.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Ledger book of drawings, now disbound, with scenes of warfare, horse raiding, and a few of courting. The book contains drawings by multiple artists, probably both Lakota and Cheyenne, based on the events and war medicine depicted, esp. shield designs. Inscriptions in the volume give the history of acquisition and identify activities in each scene. The identifications are often in error regarding the nature of the scene and the tribal identity of the enemies.
Scope and Contents
Inscription on the final drawing, NAA INV 11013402, indicates that all explanations were provided by Charles C. White, also known as Fast Horse, former Sioux interpreter at Pine Ridge Agency.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 1303

Album Information
Album Information
MS 1303 000

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Using the Collection
Manuscript 1303, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Custodial History
Custodial History
Inscription in the volume, by Samuel E. Strong, M. D., Desloge, St Francis County, Missouri, September 5, 1900, states that the drawings are the work of "Roman Nose, half brother of Red Cloud," and that after Roman Nose's capture in 1866 [?] he gave the book to Augustus Griffith of St Genevieve County, Missouri, who in turn gave it to Strong. Captions under the drawings were made from the explanations of Charles C. White, or Fast Horse, Dakota interpreter at Pine Ridge but then (December 21, 1889) employed with the Kickapoo Indian Medicine Co., Ironton, Iron County, Missouri. An additional inscription indicates that the book was purchased (by the BAE?) from Strong in Nov. 1900.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Ledger drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lakota (Teton/Western Sioux) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Tsitsistas/Suhtai (Cheyenne) Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Indians of North America -- Great Plains Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

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