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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 P4048l

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pgs 33 and 34)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048l
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Ledger Drawing P4048m

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg.38)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048m
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Ledger Drawing P4048n

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg 39)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048n
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Ledger Drawing P4048o

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg 45)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048o
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Ledger Drawing P4048p

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pgs 47 and 48)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048p
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Ledger Drawing P4048q

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg.51)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048q
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Ledger Drawing P4048r

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg 53)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048r
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Ledger Drawing P4048s

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg 56)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048s
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Ledger Drawing P4048t

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book (pg 13)
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048t
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LEDGER DRAWING P3956

LEDGER DRAWING

anonymous artist
Macnider Ledger Book (pg 178)
Lakota
Northern Plains
ca. 1880
Inventory # P3956
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LEDGER DRAWING P3955

LEDGER DRAWING

anonymous artist
Macnider Ledger Book (pg 180)
Lakota
Northern Plains
ca. 1880
Inventory # P3955
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LEDGER DRAWING P4073a

LEDGER DRAWING

anonymous artist
Macnider Ledger Book (pg 188)
Lakota
Northern Plains
ca. 1880
Inventory # P4073a
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