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Documents regarding calendar paintings by Kiowa artist Charles Rowell and Anko

Rowell, Charles E.  Search this
Anko (Ankopaingyadete)  Search this
0.25 Linear feet
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
circa 1965-1970
Scope and Contents:
The collection contains Charles Rowell's typed and hand-written interpretations of Anko's calendar, A sound recording of Rowell discussing the Anko calendar, and newspaper clippings relating to Rowell's paintings based on Anko's calendar.
Biographical / Historical:
Ankopaingyadete, also known as Anko, was a Kiowa warrior who kept a seasonal and monthly calendar that covered the years from 1864 to 1892. Originally written in a notebook, he copied the calendar onto hide at the request of Bureau of American Ethnology (BAE) ethnologist James Mooney. Anko's original notebook is in the collections of the National Anthropological Archives. His original hide painting went missing after it was sent to be photographed for the BAE annual report circa 1895.

Charles E. Rowell (1909-2004) was a Kiowa artist from Oklahoma, who claimed kinship with Anko. In the 1960s, he painted several calendars based on Anko's painted hide calendar, one of which is in the anthropology collections of the National Museum of Natural History. He also conducted research into and wrote up interpretations of the drawings in Anko's Calendar.

Sources consulted:

Greene, Candace S. and Thornton, Russell. The Year the Stars Fell. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2007.

Mooney, James. "Calendar history of the Kiowa." In Annual Report of the Bureau of American Ethnology 17 (part 1), 1895-96.
Related Materials:
Anko's original notebook containing calendar forms part of MS 2538 in the National Anthropological Archives.

Other of Charles Rowell's painted hide calendars are in the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology in Bristol, Rhode Island, and and the Carson County Square House Museum in Panhandle, Texas.
Separated Materials:
The collection came to the Smithsonian along with Charles Rowell's hide-painted calendar based on Anko's calendar, which now forms Accession No. 2071188 in the anthropology collections of the National Museum of Natural History.
The documents were donated along with Charles Rowell's painted hide based on Anko's Calendar by Lisa Henley to the Department of Anthropology Collections, National Museum of Natural History, in 2015. The documents were separated and transferred to the National Anthropological Archives.
The collection is open for research.
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Documents regarding calendar paintings by Kiowa artist Charles Rowell and Anko, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian.
Archival Repository:
National Anthropological Archives

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