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Accidental Meeting of Kiowa and Osage War parties.

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Pages 7-8: Accidental Meeting of Kiowa and Osage War parties. The footprints tell the story. A Kiowa war party is approaching on foot from the right, on page 8. The leader is designated by his badge of office, a sacred pipe, with which he must pray for the success of his men. Four scouts have been sent ahead to reconnoiter from the top of a butte. There, they have espied another approaching war party. Two of the scouts have remained on the butte, to signal and warn their fellows of possible danger. The other two, senior scouts have bravely climbed down the far side of the butte, and surreptitiously (winding footprints) have moved forward to the low, green hill in the middle of page 7. There, after peeking over and ascertaining that the approaching party were not enemies, but some of their Osage allies, the two scouts are walking boldly out to greet the leaders, and apprise them of their own, nearby party. The Osage war party, lined up at far left on page 7, are recognizable from their very different hairstyle, the scalp entirely plucked, save for a medial crest of hair. They are armed with tomahawks, swords and lances.

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Plate No: 7
Page No: 7-8
Media: pencil, colored pencil
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11.25 inches
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