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Plains Indian Drawings 1865-1935 Hardcover – September 1, 1996

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The truly remarkable aspect of this book concerns its methodology. Berlo (Native American art, Univ. of Missouri, St. Louis) manages to bring together multiple viewpoints that enlarge this subject, opening it out to a richer social and historical context. Based on an engaging exhibition organized by the Drawing Center, New York, and the American Federation of Arts, the volume offers essays, artists' statements, and catalog entries that more fully illuminate the work of 36 Plains Indian artists. Although there have been several publications on those Plains Indian ledger drawings created while the artists were in federal prisons, this book covers the reservation period, when the richest work was produced. The picture that emerges is a more fully realized perspective on what this art meant to its creators. This study offers a vigorous examination of narrative Native American art in transition and contains a wealth of new, and even previously unknown, details on Plains Indian drawing. An essential acquisition for academic collections where Native American culture and art intersect.?Paula A. Baxter, NYPL
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Whereas their forebears traditionally drew on buffalo hides, nineteenth-century Plains Indians transferred this artistic genre onto inventory ledger books that were often already filled with lists in spidery writing. Earlier winter accountings of events, which is what the drawings are, depicted victories and continuing struggle, but those from this period illustrate an accelerating spiral of loss and defeat. A line of uniformed Indian prisoners is shown being photographed, while another is being pressed through military drills. Still, there is also transcription of traditional ways, such as the Caddo stomp dance, the Kiowa honoring song, and the sun dance. Excellent scholarly introductions set the historical and artistic contexts for the colorplates of the drawings. An especially interesting section provides commentary by four contemporary Native American artists on the ongoing influence of these seemingly childlike sketches. Patricia Monaghan

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1St Edition edition (September 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810937425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810937420
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 1 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,916,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This really is a "must-have" book for anyone interested in the details of what Plains Indians wore. It contains hundreds of wonderful full colour plates of Ledger Drawings by Plains Indians of Plains Indians. The production values of the book are also very high indeed, so that it is not only a marvellous reference work, it is also beautiful to look at and to hold. The standard of scholarship of the accompanying text is also excellent. As an author and artist, I found it truly inspirational. The only possible criticism is that more of the Ledger Drawings themselves were not reproduced, because the references to them are tantalising.
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Format: Hardcover
A quality piece of work from Abrams. Cloth over hardback boards with a sewn binding on heavy stock. In dustjacket. Large format, 240 pp, 4 pounds. Illustrations throughout, about 70% of them in color.

8 Essays, 4 Artist Statements, Index. An 8 page Bibliography.

Drawing and Being Drawn In: The Late 19th Century Plains Graphic Artist and the Intercultural Encounter
Encyclopedias of Experience: A Curatorial Dialogue on Drawing and Drawing Books

Structure and Meaning in Cheyenne Ledger Art
A Brief History of Lakota Drawings 1870-1935
In a Place of Writing

The Subtle Art of Resistance: Encounter and Accommodation in the Art of Fort Marion
Narrative and Landscape in the Drawings of Etahdleuh Doanmoe
The Ledger of Book Drawings in 20th Century Native American Art

Artist Statements: Colleen Cutschall, Edgar Heap of Birds, Jane Ash Poitras, Francis Yellow

Catalogue (151 pp): Arapaho, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Lakota

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As an artist interested in Native American Ledger Art, I have look through many of the books available on the subject. This book has the best collection of different tribes and artists. I am not aware of another book that could serve as well as a resource for the art and a history of ledger art.
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