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COURTING: Man, with a Tomahawk, in Blanket with Beaded Strip Faces Woman in First-Phase Navajo Chief's Blanket

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Vertical COURTING: Man in Blanket with Beaded Strip Faces Woman in First-Phase Navajo Chief's Blanket The man in the dominant right-hand position wears a Lakota-style courting blanket made of blue stroud cloth lengths joined by a beaded strip with a medicine wheel design (see William Powers 1980: 40-47 for discussion of courtship blanket designs and their Lakota connections; and Petersen, 1983: 282). His single visible braid falls down his shoulder. The same tomahawk in plates 25, 26, and 42 floats across his shoulders, with two streamers falling behind him, parallel to his back breechclout flap. His breechclout is the same color as his blanket. His leggings have black-and-white box beaded pattern. The woman stands facing him; their heads are the same level, but her feet are above his blanket hem. She wears a first-phase Navajo chief�s blanket, black-and-white striped. Her one visible braid hangs below her shoulder. Her decorative dress panel tabs show below her blanket. Her legs are uncolored, and she has three stripes (or trails) around each.

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Provenance: Drawn in 1879 by Northern Cheyenne leader Wild Hog (incorrectly denoted as "Hagetta" in the text) ...

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Plate No: 46
Page No: 50
Media: Lead pencil and black crayon
Dimensions: 13x9 cm, single column
The Sch�yen Collection. London and Oslo.
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