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Houghton Library Studies #4: A Lakota War Book from the Little Bighorn: The Pictographic "Autobiography of Half Moon"

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Houghton Library and Harvard's Peabody Museum Press collaborated on the publication of this fourth volume in the Houghton Library Studies series, an innovative cultural analysis of the extraordinary composite document known as "The Pictographic Autobiography of Half Moon, an Unkpapa Sioux Chief." At its core is a nineteenth-century ledger book of drawings by Lakota Sioux warriors found in 1876 in a funerary tipi on the Little Bighorn battlefield after Custer's defeat. Journalist Phocion Howard later added an illustrated introduction and had it bound into the beautiful manuscript that is reproduced in complete color facsimile here.

Howard attributed all seventy-seven Native drawings to a "chief" named Half Moon, but anthropologist Castle McLaughlin demonstrates that these dramatic scenes, mostly of war exploits, were drawn by at least six different warrior-artists. Their vivid first-person depictions make up a rare Native American record of historic events that likely occurred between 1866 and 1868 during Red Cloud's War along the Bozeman Trail.

McLaughlin probes the complex life history of this unique artifact of cross-cultural engagement, uncovering its origins, ownership, and cultural and historic significance, and compares it with other early ledger books. Examining how allied Lakota and Cheyenne warriors valued these graphic records of warfare as both objects and images, she introduces the concept of "war books"--documents that were captured and altered by Native warrior-artists to appropriate the strategic power of Euroamerican literacy.

Synopsis:

A ledger book of drawings by Lakota Sioux warriors found in 1876 on the Little Bighorn battlefield offers a rare first-person Native American record of events that likely occurred in 1866-1868 during Red Cloud's War. This color facsimile edition uncovers the origins, ownership, and cultural and historical significance of this unique artifact.

About the Author

Castle McLaughlin is Associate Curator of North American Ethnography at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University.

Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University

Product Details

ISBN:
9780981885865
Author:
Mclaughlin, Castle
Publisher:
Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology,
Author:
McLaughlin, Castle
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Native American Studies
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
History - United States/19th Century
Subject:
ART / Native American
Copyright:
Series:
Houghton Library Publications Houghton Library Studies
Series Volume:
4
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
200 color illustrations, 10 halftones, 2
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

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"Synopsis" by , A ledger book of drawings by Lakota Sioux warriors found in 1876 on the Little Bighorn battlefield offers a rare first-person Native American record of events that likely occurred in 1866-1868 during Red Cloud's War. This color facsimile edition uncovers the origins, ownership, and cultural and historical significance of this unique artifact.
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