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Courting Scenes

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist, Sheridan Ledger Book, Southern Cheyenne, Central Plains, ca. 1885


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As with warfare, drawings of courting scenes celebrate the virility and social prowess of the male protagonists. The courting conventions among the peoples of the Great Plains were lengthy and contenders had to 'capture' the woman of their choosing with skill and determination. Female chastity was highly valued, and encounters between a woman and her suitor generally took place with a chaperone present. After numerous meetings, the man would offer his buffalo hide robe or trade blanket to the woman. If accepted, the couple would publicly affirm that they were “going steady” by walking together wrapped within the cloak. In fact, the term for ‘courtship’ in the Lakota language is sina aopemni inayinpi, literally ‘standing rolled up in a blanket.’


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Ledger Drawing P4048i

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg 23)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048i
Ledger Drawing P4048u

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg 58)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048u
Ledger Drawing P4048j

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg 29)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048j
Ledger Drawing P3959

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Macnider Ledger Book (pg 186)
Lakota
Northern Plains
ca. 1880
Inventory # P3959
Ledger Drawing P4120

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1870
Inventory # P4120
Ledger Drawing P4048c

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048c
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Ledger Drawing P4048d

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg 5)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048d
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Ledger Drawing P4048e

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg 7)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048e
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Ledger Drawing P4048f

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg.12)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048f
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Ledger Drawing P4048g

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg.19)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048g
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Ledger Drawing P4048h

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg 21)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048h
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Ledger Drawing P4048k

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg 31)
Southern Cheyenne
Southern Cheyenne
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048k
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