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COURTING: Woman in Red-striped First Phase Navajo Chief's Blanket Meets Man on Red Horse

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Vertical COURTING: Woman in Red-striped First Phase Chief's Blanket Meets Man on Red Horse The woman stands on the right-hand, dominant side of the page, facing the suitor on horseback. Her single braid, behind her shoulder, is wrapped in blue. Her Navajo chief's blanket has red and black stripes separated by white stripes. Below the blanket, her leggings are dark (lead pencil) and blue. Decorative panels sewn into the sides of her dress also fall below the blanket, and they are blue. Her feet are especially hoof-like, a common characteristic of this and the other Dodge City 1879 ledger notebooks (see discussion, Plate 24). The man wears a dark shirt with single white, red-beaded panel down the front, from chin to waist. Seven blocks of red alternate with white on the stripe. Two German silver armbands cuff the shirt, and a German silver hairplate ornament hands from the scalplock, down the side of the horse, ending in a blue tassel. He has a red belt, and then a black stroud blanket wrapped around his middle. His breechclout and leggings are also dark strouding, with undyed edges. He holds the reins of the horse in his outstretched left hand, and a serrated quirt in his right hand. Plate 163 of Arrow�s Elk Society Ledger shows a similar quirt with serrated edge in a �lightning motif� (Cowdrey 1999: 213-4). The horse, outlined in orange, wears a blue martingale. The sorrel has dark tail and ears. Its hooves are drawn distinctly and are uncolored.

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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: 61
Page No: 65
Media: Lead pencil outlines, details fill; orange and blue crayon
Dimensions: 13x9 cm, single column
The Sch�yen Collection. London and Oslo.
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