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ANIMAL: Bear; COURTING: Man on Red Horse Courts Woman in Striped Blanket

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Right: This is a large bear, filling the page. It is outlined and detailed in pencil, with black ink fill. Eyes are wide open, and the mouth is open. Some teeth are visible in its gaping mouth. Its ears are pricked and tail erect. Long claws are clearly drawn. Media: lead pencil and black ink. Left: A man on horseback and a standing woman fill the page with red and black images. Their fine dress suggests courtship. The man wears a red plaid or gingham shirt (pencil cross-hatched). His face is painted all red, and his black braids, on his shoulders, are drawn with forked ends, to suggest otter-tail wrappings. He has one outstretched arm, empty, and his other arm holds the reins. No hands or fingers are depicted. He wears black pants or leggings, unadorned, and a dark clout edged white (undyed selvedge edges). The clout is swinging behind him, perhaps suggesting motion. The red horse is outlined in pencil. It also has a small head like other horses in this ledger. Its tail is unbound and unornamented. Its front legs may rise (motion?) or this may be foreshortening to suggest distance. This woman is wrapped in a black-and-red striped blanket (Navajo chief’s blanket, first phase). Her face is painted red on one side, and one black-inked braid swings outward from her shoulder, suggesting motion. Fringed tops of her legging, folder over for additional ornamentation, show under her blanket (see Petersen, 1983: 287). Multiple bands circle her ankles. Media: lead pencil, red water color, black ink.

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The cover inscription reads: "Pictures drawn by Wild Hog and other northern Cheyenne Indian Chiefs while in th...

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Plate No: 42
Page No: 80 - Inside rear cover
Media: Lead pencil, watercolor, ink
Dimensions: 3.25 x 5 in (8.5 x 12.75 cm)
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