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Ledger Drawing

attributed to Etahdleuh Doanmoe (1856-1887)
Kiowa
Central Plains

ca. 1878

ink and watercolour on paper

height: 13"
width: 15 ½"

Inventory # P4322-220

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A handwritten inscription at the bottom of the page reads “Etahdleuh Doanmoe (Kiowa)”

PROVENANCE

Acquired by Alicia “Alice” Key Pendleton, daughter of Frances Scott Key, niece of Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, and wife of George Hunt Pendleton (Ohio Congressman and later Senator), and their daughter Jane, during winter vacations at Saint Augustine, Florida, 1875-78.

By descent in the family

This is the only known self-portrait depicting Etahdleuh in his full war panoply, as he most-probably appeared during the Battle of Adobe Walls, Texas, June 27, 1874. During the three years he was incarcerated at Fort Marion, Etahdleuh wisely avoided any sort of drawing that might be construed as “evidence” of battles with any White men. By 1878, when this drawing was made, he was no longer imprisoned.

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