The collection consists of a calendar with 77 entries drawn on a piece of coarse cotton cloth with one selvedge edge and one edge machine hemmed. The entries begin near one end of the strip and move from left to right in a staggered linear sequence, stopping well short of the opposite end. Summer and winter entries alternate, with the register of summer entries drawn above the register of winter entries. A green forked pole accompanies pictures for summers when the Medicine Lodge ceremony was held. A yellow diamond outlined in blue indicates winter seasons. The calendar covers the period between 1862 and 1901. No information is known about the original production of this calendar.
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NAA MS 2002-28
Works of art
MS 2002-28 Kiowa calendar on canvas, National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Culturas visuales indígenas y las prácticas estéticas en las Américas desde la antigüedad hasta el presente = Indigenous visual cultures and aesthetic practices in the Americas' past and present Sanja Savkić (edition) en colaboración con Hannah Baader
Indigenous visual cultures and aesthetic practices in the Americas' past and present