ledger book of 16 drawings of various scenes

Book of Drawings, c. 1876

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This ledger book is a poignant reflection of the sweeping changes that Cheyenne men felt when they were forced from their homeland on the Great Plains and imprisoned at Fort Marion in St. Augustine, Florida. There, they were given military uniforms, lived in barracks, and conformed to military disciplines. Through these efforts, the U.S. government hoped to compel them to assimilate. In these pages, we witness the transformation from individual to collective, from warrior to soldier. Visits from U.S. dignitaries such as Father Whipple from Minnesota, depicted here with General Pratt, punctuated the daily routines of military drills and roll calls.

Book of Drawings
Artist Life
Tsistsistas (Cheyenne), 1851 - 1882
Accession Number
Curator Approved

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ledger book of 16 drawings of various scenes