Tracing of anonymous Cheyenne drawing
Digitized Content

Collection ID:
Bourke, John Gregory, 1846-1896
Physical Description:
1 Drawing
colored pencil, crayon, and ink on tracing paper
36 x 46 cm.

Scope and Contents
Scope and Contents
Single leaf of thin, tracing paper. Depicts scene from battle between General Ranald McKenzie and group of Northern Cheyenne, including the warrior/artist Yellow Nose (see MS 166032 for biographical information), on the Head Powder River in Southeast Montana, Nov 1877. Name glyph of Yellow Nose (with adjacent inscription "Gellow Nose") appears above the Indian warriors head. Inscription on top left reads "McKenzie's fight with Cheyenne on hd Powder Riv."

Biographical / Historical
Biographical / Historical
Col. John Gregory Bourke (1846-1896), a graduate of West Point, spent most of his military career participating in the Indian Wars in the Northern Plains under Brigadier General George Crook, 1869-1888. He subsequently compiled ethnological accounts of the Apache and several other tribes in the Southwest as well as collections of Indian objects and ledger books. For more information on John Gregoy Bourke, see "John Gregory Bourke, Victorian Soldier-Scientist, the Western Apprenticeship, 1869-1886" by Joseph Charles Porter, PhD dissertation, University of Texas, Austin.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Richardson, A. H. Mrs

Local Numbers
Local Numbers
NAA INV 08602500
NAA MS 409978

Local Note
Local Note
Media was changed from watercolor to crayon due to smudging and impressions in wax caused by lamination process.

Album Information
Album Information
MS 409978

Digital Content

Using the Collection
Manuscript 409978, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution

Custodial History
Custodial History
This drawing was received by the Smithsonian Institution from Mrs. A. H. Richardson, the daughter of Col. John Gregory Bourke, on September 9th, 1968. The item was received in exchange for a Howling Wolf drawing (MS 176622-E) that originated from a ledger book owned by Mrs. Richardson. Col. Bourke collected several books of ledger drawings and tracings of others from various Indian tribes during his service to the US Army (see MS. 176622). Accession # 268564. Other copies of ledger drawings assembled by Bourke are in the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian (23/4251-4599). They are attributed to Yellow Nose although the basis for this is uncertain.

Keywords table of terms and types.
Keyword Terms Keyword Types
Ledger drawings Type 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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