Post by grahamew on Apr 28, 2012 12:58:42 GMT -5
Both images from Arrow's Elk Society Ledger (interpreted by Mike Cowdrey), on the PILA site.
"The Cheyennes called George, Hi-my-ike, Beaver, for his long, dark brown hair (Bent, 1904-1918: Dec. 11, 1905)."
The beaver glyph can be seen in the drawings below.
Drawing by Red Lance, from Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: a ledgerbook history of coups and combat by Jean Afton, David Fridtjof Halaas, Andrew Edward Masich, Richard N. Ellis
These four drawings are in The Black Horse Ledger (Drawings principally by Black Horse, c. 1879-1885, depicting Northern Cheyenne events beginning around 1865. Likely acquired through the post trader at Fort Keogh, Montana. Carl Denzel Collection. Purchased by Plains Ledger Art Digital Publishing Project (PILA), Department of Ethnic Studies, UC San Diego).
Black Horse, a Northern Cheyenne warrior artist, created most, if not all, of the 82 drawings in this accountant's ledger book during the transition from pre-reservation to reservation life, c. 1879-1885. The Black Horse Ledger depicts Northern Cheyenne events from about 1865 to its completion date circa 1885. Many of the same events are also shown in the Black Horse Ledger at the Newberry Library in Chicago.
The ledger book was likely first acquired through the post trader at Fort Keogh, Montana. For many decades it has been in the collection of the former Director of the Southwest Museum (now part of the the Autry National Center of the American West), Carl Denzel.
I would add that the first few plates seem to depict Cheyennes dressed in full uniform, scouting for the government; plate 4 is labelled The Battle on Wounded Knee and the two men featured both seem to be wearing Ghost Dance clothing, so the ledger must have been worked on after 1885.