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Sheridan Ledger Book

LEDGER DRAWING

anonymous artist, Sheridan Ledger Book (pg 23), Southern Cheyenne, Central Plains, ca. 1885


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The Sheridan Ledger Book is a rare assemblage of hand-drawn courting scenes created by at least two warrior-artists around 1870. The pages are both biographical and autobiographical, recalling the romantic exploits of the artists and their fellow comrades. As with warfare, the Southern Cheyenne courting process was illustrious. The pages were intended to celebrate the virility and social prowess of the male protagonists. This drawing, created by an anonymous Southern Cheyenne artist, shows a forbidden encounter. In it, an unchaperoned Native woman is speaking to two mounted warriors, each named clearly by their glyphs. A bucket, positioned on the ground to the left of the beautifully dressed woman, suggests that she has been interrupted by the horsemen on her way to or from fetching water or wood. According to convention, this is a figurative device commonly used as a signifier in courtship scenes to communicate the illicit nature of the meeting and the great boldness of the warrior(s) depicted in them. With marriage and warfare making opposing demands on a man of the Central Plains in the mid to late nineteenth century, one may infer how courtship became to some men a stand in for war.

To say this collection of pages is rare would be an understatement. Of the handful of known Southern Cheyenne ledger collections, only a few focus on courtship. Ledger Art was a male-dominated art form in which the vast majority of surviving ledgers depict combat scenes. Fewer still are surviving pages which predate the 1880s – a time when Native Americans were still roaming the Plains. Their rarity, age and overall condition make The Sheridan Pages a remarkable discovery. Not only do they offer significant commentary on Plains warrior culture in the 1870s, they represent an art form that is uniquely American. It is interesting to note that the drawings were collected and preserved by the Sheridan family. With members like General Philip H. Sheridan (1831-1888), the family played an integral role in the shaping of Southern Cheyenne history in the 1870s. 


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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 P4048a

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048a
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Ledger Drawing P4048b

Ledger Drawing

anonymous artist
Sheridan Ledger Book
Southern Cheyenne
Central Plains
ca. 1885
Inventory # P4048b
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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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