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Collector:
McDonald, David N.  Search this
Collection Collector:
McDonald, David N.  Search this
Extent:
1 Item (volume of 54 drawings, graphite, colored pencil, and ink, 21 x 32 cm.)
Culture:
Inunaina (Arapaho)  Search this
Indians of North America -- Great Plains  Search this
Type:
Archival materials
Ledger drawings
Maps
Date:
ca. 1880
Scope and Contents:
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.
Arrangement:
Subgroup
Biographical / Historical:
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.
Local Numbers:
NAA MS 4452-a2
Local Note:
Candace Green identified all the drawings in this book were probably drawn by Arapaho artists. Several pages are inscribed with the word Washee. Misreading of this as Nashee led to erroneous speculation that the drawings were associated with the Apache leader Naiche.
Place:
United States Indian Territory Fort Reno.
United States Oklahoma Fort Reno.
Album Information:
MS 4552A2 000
Provenance:
Myer, W. H.
Topic:
War -- Cheyenne  Search this
Genre/Form:
Ledger drawings
Maps
Collection Citation:
Manuscript 4452-a, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
See more items in:
MS 4452-a Two books of Cheyenne and Arapaho drawings
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives
EDAN-URL:
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