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Howling Wolf and History Ledger Art
     

Howling Wolf and History Ledger Art

by Joyce M. Szabo, Szabo
 
The author shows ledger art to be a significant record of cultural attitudes of Plains Indian artists at a time when their societies were in great upheaval. She examines the works of art not only as historic documents but as visual statements reflecting the time, place, and society in which they originated.

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The author shows ledger art to be a significant record of cultural attitudes of Plains Indian artists at a time when their societies were in great upheaval. She examines the works of art not only as historic documents but as visual statements reflecting the time, place, and society in which they originated.

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Library Journal
The final years of armed conflict between the U.S. government and Plains Indians created a new category of documentary artists. Imprisoned Plains warriors re-created their battles, rituals, and personal histories on accountants' ledger books. These drawings and paintings have been the subject of scattered study, but this new work provides a clearer record through the activities of one individual. Howling Wolf was one of 72 hostages sent to Fort Marion in Saint Augustine, Florida. There he made powerful ledger drawings and was purportedly one of two Native Americans to produce ledger art after their return to the reservation. The Cheyenne warrior's known work narrates the overall history of ledger art. An important contribution in its own right, this book has a few weaknesses. Szabo's language is awkward at times, which may result from the book's origins as a doctoral dissertation. In addition, her discussion of the ledger drawings as documentation vs. artwork is not as extensive as one would like. However, this work serves as a scholarly introduction to a topic that needs further exploration. (Illustrations not seen.)-- Paula A. Baxter, NYPL

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ISBN-13:
9780826314673
Publisher:
University of New Mexico Press
Publication date:
05/01/1994
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
10.88(w) x 8.89(h) x 0.90(d)

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