Chief Ledger

In the 19th Century, the Plains Indians of North America came into contact with paper for the first time. They acquired this paper — typically in the form of ledger books — through trade and military encounters. The illustrative arts, which had previously been recorded on parchment or stone, began to adapt to the new material. Art historians call these art works “Ledger Drawings”. They are pretty awesome. Drawings depicting battles drawn over the modernist record-keeping log of the wilderness-wrecking army. Somebody give Boon Pobbits a tomahawk!

Image by Howling Wolf, Southern Cheyenne:


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