Two books of Cheyenne and Arapaho drawings, ca. 1880
McDonald, David N
2 volumes (100 drawings) : graphite, colored pencil, and ink ; 21 x 32 cm
Indians of North America Great Plains
David N. McDonald graduated from the US Military Academy at West Point in 1877. He served at Fort Sill, IT in 1878 and then at Fort Reno 1878-81, subsequently being posted in New Mexico, Arizona, and California.
Reported to have been collected by Capt. David N. McDonald, US Army ca. 1880-85 in the western United States. Purchased from McDonald's estate by W.E. Myer, who consulted with the BAE regarding their identification in the 1920s. Donated to the BAE in 1952 by Mrs. Annie Lee Myer Turner and Mr. W.H. Myers in memory of their father. It is not clear from the correspondence whether the collection history applies to both books or only to one.
Several pages in vol. 2 inscribed with word Washee. Misreading of this as Nashee led to erroneous speculation that the drawings were associated with the Apache leader Naiche.
Vol. 1: 46 drawings of war scenes on leaves of ruled and numbered paper from a ledger book, now disbound, covers retained. Inside of cover inscribed D.N. McDonald, US Army. Vol. 2: 54 drawings on leaves of ruled and numbered paper from a ledger book, now disbound, covers not retained. Scenes are primarily of warfare, but also include horse raids, courting, and two maps. Several pages inscribed "Washee," a name recorded among both Cheyennes and Arapahoes in the 1880s.
Manuscript 4452-a, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Museum Support Center, Suitland, Maryland