National Anthropological Archives

Guide to Nacoista drawing of man and woman playing shinny ball game, circa 1881

Collection ID:
Nacoista, 1851-1882
Daniel, Z. T.
circa 1881
Physical Description:
1 Drawing
graphite and watercolor on cardboard
4.75 x 3.5 inches
166930 / 166931 / 168515

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
The collection consists of one (1) drawing by Nacoista, or James Bear's Heart, depicting a man and woman playing shinny ball. It is inscribed on the verso "A man and a young lady play with ball, Na-co-is-ta, Pine Ridge, Daniel." Pine Ridge was established as a reservation for the Lakota but a group of Northern Cheyenne were also resident there from 1881 to October 1891.
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Biographical Note
Biographical Note
Dr. Z.T. Daniel was a career physician in the Indian Service. At the time of this donation he was the agency physician at Pine Ridge Reservation. He also served at the Cheyenne River Reservation and the Blackfoot Reservation, and made many donations to the Smithsonian over a period of years, most accompanied with detailed information regarding the origins of the objects. His name is frequently misspelled in museum records as Daniels.

Custodial History
Donated to USNM by Dr. Z.T. Daniel in 1893 (no accession record found) and originally cataloged as Sioux, based on place of origin. Transferred from the object collections of the Department of Anthropology to the National Anthropological Archives at an unknown date.
Processing Information
Originally cataloged as Dakota based on location of collector. Changed to Cheyenne by C. Greene 2004 based on recognition of name as Cheyenne.

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Preferred Citation
Nacoista drawing of man and woman playing shinny ball game (MS 166931), National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Related Materials
The National Anthropological Archives holds additional material collected by Z.T. Daniel in MS 166930, MS 168515, and MS 4795.

More Information
Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 166,931
NAA INV 08511700
OPPS NEG 80-20920

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