Synopses & Reviews
The ledgerbook art contained in this volume, a 1997 Choice Outstanding Academic Book, gives a Cheyenne perspective on how the West was lost. Rather than categorizing the ledgerbook as simply art, the authors interpret the drawings as a coherent historical account of the Dog Soldiers.
Since the Battle of Summit Springs on July 11, 1869, a ledgerbook of over one hundred color drawings lay neglected in the archives of the Colorado Historical Society for nearly a century. The authors, working in close association with the Cheyenne nation, have produced an unprecedented look at the Dog Soldiers based on this ledgerbook. Unlike other books that interpret ledgerbook art, the authors treat the Summit Springs ledger drawings as historical documents, a history of the Dog Soldiers recorded by the warrior-artists themselves.
In Cheyenne Dog Soldiers, the earliest of the extant Cheyenne ledgerbooks, the authors have painstakingly matched drawings with known events, such as the 1865 sack of Julesburg, Colorado, and the 1865 battles of Rush Creek, Platte River Bridge, and Tongue River in the Dakota and Montana territories. Also identified are such noted Dog Soldiers as Tall Bull, Big Crow, Whirlwind, and Wolf with Plenty of Hair.
Discover on CD-ROM one of the most tumultuous times in U.S. history through ledger art, Indian and cavalry artifacts, documents, and artwork. Witness Cheyenne warfare as illustrated in the oldest known Cheyenne ledgerbook, revealed in full color.
Designed as a companion piece to Cheyenne Dog Soldiers: A Ledgerbook History of Coups and Combat, this beautiful CD-ROM brings to light a history little-known for more than a century. Sharing an incredible story told through the pictographic drawings of the elite Cheyenne warrior society called Dog Soldiers, this CD-ROM contains the full text of the ledgerbook found at Summit Springs, Colorado on July 11, 1869.