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Ledger Art - Tasunka Witko (Crazy Horse)


Beginning in the early 1860s, Plains Indian men adapted their representational style of painting to paper in the form of accountants ledger books. Traditional paints and bone and stick brushes used to paint on hide gave way to new implements such as colored pencils, crayon, and occasionally watercolor paints. Plains artists acquired paper and new drawing materials in trade, or as booty after a military engagement, or from a raid.

Initially, the content of ledger drawings continued the tradition of depicting of military exploits and important acts of personal heroism already established in representational painting on buffalo hides and animal skins. As the U.S. government implemented the forced relocation of the Plains peoples to reservations, for all practical purposes completed by the end of the 1870s, Plains artists added scenes of ceremony and daily life from before the reservation to the repertoire of their artwork, reflecting the social and cultural changes brought by life on the reservation within the larger context of forced assimilation. (

This ledger art was made by Guss Yellow Hair and depicts Tasunka Witko Tunpi's (Crazy Horse's) life.

Size: 16 inches x 13 inches.

USA made. South Dakota. Native American made.

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  • Model: 2441
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 26 January, 2012.