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November  13  -  February 5

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Keeping History: Plains Indian Ledger Drawings
Friday,  November  13  -  Friday,  February 5 , 2010, 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
National Museum of American History, Albert H. Small Documents Gallery

More than seventy Plains Indians from various tribes were imprisoned in Florida in the 1870s for their roles in the Red River Wars, a U.S. campaign to move tribes onto reservations. Encouraged by their military captors, some of the prisoners, mostly Cheyenne and Kiowa, produced drawings that chronicled their former lives as warriors and hunters and their new lives as prisoners. This exhibition presents the work of four of these “ledger artists” as part of a long documentary tradition on the Plains.

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