MS 39-d-1 Book of drawings by anonymous Lakota artists
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Summary
Collection ID:
NAA.MS39D1
Dates:
ca. 1876
Languages:
English
Physical Description:
1 Item
disbound volume of 84 drawings (55 leaves)+ 1 letter
graphite and colored pencil on ledger sheets
21 x 26 cm.
Repository:

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Drawings of scenes of warfare, horse raids, courting, and ceremonies on pages of a ledger book, now disbound, covers not retained. Several pages bear storekeeper's (?) accounts of agricultural implements issued, in the names of several Indians. Dates on these sheets range 1873- July 1876. On one sheet the words "Pine Ridge, D. T." are written in pencil, now faded, followed by other writing in the Dakota language (11001600b). One phrase on this sheet ("miye heraka kin") seems to identify one artist as The Male Elk. Page 47 bears the words "waluta tokala ala eciyapiye" ("red root fox they call him"). The drawings appear to be by multiple artists, probably Teton Lakota.
Scope and Contents
An accompanying letter by James Mooney (1906) gives his opinion of the drawings, which were sent to him for comment. He believed them to be Western Sioux, of "about 30 years ago."
Scope and Contents
Names given in store keeper's ledger, (Pine Ridge, D. T.?): Black Hawk, The, Bear Eagle, Bone Necklace Son, Charger, Dog Eagle, Fats Son, The, Frozen Foot, Good Thunder, Half, The, Handle, Hawk, The, Iron Horse, La Barge, Tom, Laravi, Alex, Martin, Lewis, Meshel, One That Hurts Himself, The, Painted Arm, The, Pole, The, Rattler, The, Speach Maker, Spotted Horse, Standing Bear, Straight Head, Two Tails, Whirlwind, White Stone.

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA MS 39D-1

Local Note
Local Note
With autograph letter signed from James Mooney, Cantonment, Oklahoma, to W. H. Holmes, Chief, Bureau of American Ethnology, April 9, 1906, identifying the drawings as "Western Sioux, of date about 30 years ago."

Place
Place
United States Dakota Territory Pine Ridge Agency.
Place
United States South Dakota Pine Ridge Indian Reservation

Album Information
Album Information
MS 39D1 000

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Citation
Manuscript 39D-1, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Keywords
Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
War -- Lakota Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Dance -- Lakota Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Language and languages -- Documentation Topic Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Ledger drawings Type Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid
Lakota -- Teton Culture Search Smithsonian Collections Search ArchiveGrid

Repository Contact
National Anthropological Archives
Museum Support Center
4210 Silver Hill Road
Suitland 20746
naa@si.edu
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