Single leaf of thin, tracing paper. Depicts scene from battle between General Ranald McKenzie and group of Northern Cheyenne, including the warrior/artist Yellow Nose (see MS 166032 for biographical information), on the Head Powder River in Southeast Montana, Nov 1877. Name glyph of Yellow Nose (with adjacent inscription "Gellow Nose") appears above the Indian warriors head. Inscription on top left reads "McKenzie's fight with Cheyenne on hd Powder Riv."
Biographical / Historical:
Col. John Gregory Bourke (1846-1896), a graduate of West Point, spent most of his military career participating in the Indian Wars in the Northern Plains under Brigadier General George Crook, 1869-1888. He subsequently compiled ethnological accounts of the Apache and several other tribes in the Southwest as well as collections of Indian objects and ledger books. For more information on John Gregoy Bourke, see "John Gregory Bourke, Victorian Soldier-Scientist, the Western Apprenticeship, 1869-1886" by Joseph Charles Porter, PhD dissertation, University of Texas, Austin.
NAA INV 08602500
NAA MS 409978
Media was changed from watercolor to crayon due to smudging and impressions in wax caused by lamination process.
Richardson, A. H. Mrs
Manuscript 409978, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution