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COURTING: Two Men and Two Women (One in First-Phase Chief’s Blanket) before Blue Tipi; Blank Page

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Right (page 33): Blank Left: Two men, one in a black blanket and one in a blue stroud-cloth blanket—and two women stand before a blue tipi. This is likely a courting scene because of their fine dress and the resemblance of their facepaint and dress to previous courting scenes. The tipi is outlined in pencil and colored blue. This image shows a social grouping in the context of a camp, indicated by the blue tipi. The first man in a blue blanket has four red lines drawn vertically from his lower face to eye-level; penciled leggings; penciled breech clout; and pencil-filled hooves for feet. His two braids point toward the next figure and have decorative ties dangling from them. The next figure is a woman wrapped in a white, red, and blue-striped blanket (perhaps Navajo first-phase chief’s blanket?). The right vertical half of her face is painted red, and her left braid shows below her shoulder. She has outlined legs and feet, with three lines drawn at the ankles. The third figure in the row is a male in black blanket (black ink), similar to the “skunk” blanket seen in previous plates. He has the same face painting, leggings, clout, feet, and braids as the first man. However, his braids fall on each of his shoulders. The last figure is a woman wrapped in a red blanket with her face painted like the other woman’s and four lines (not three) drawn at her ankles. She also has one braid, on her right shoulder, adjacent to the man.

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Plate No: 18
Page No: 32-33
Media: Colored pencil; pen and ink
Dimensions: 3.25 x 5 in (8.5 x 12.75 cm)
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