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Ledger Art

Ledger Art

“This genre, often called Ledger Art, represents a transitional form of Plains Indian artistry corresponding to the forced reduction of Plains tribes to government reservations, roughly between 1860 and 1900. Due to the destruction of the buffalo herds and other game animals of the Great Plains by Anglo-Americans during and after the Civil War, painting on buffalo hide gave way to works on paper, muslin, canvas, and occasionally commercially prepared cow or buffalo hides.

“Beginning in the early 1860s, Plains Indian men adapted their representational style of painting to paper in the form of accountants ledger books. Traditional paints and bone and stick brushes used to paint on hide gave way to new implements such as colored pencils, crayon, and occasionally water color paints. Plains artists acquired paper and new drawing materials in trade, or as booty after a military engagement, or from a raid. Initially, the content of ledger drawings continued the tradition of depicting of military exploits and important acts of personal heroism already established in representational painting on buffalo hides and animal skins. As the US government implemented the forced relocation of the Plains peoples to reservations, for all practical purposes completed by the end of the 1870s, Plains artists added scenes of ceremony and daily life from before the reservation to the repertoire of their artwork, reflecting the social and cultural changes brought by life on the reservation within the larger context of forced assimilation.”

 "Ledger Art History." Department of Ethnic Studies, University of California San Diego: Plains Indian Ledger Art Project. 2011
https://plainsledgerart.org/history/

  1. Lone Buffalo-Oglala Lakota - Donald Montileaux - Framed Ledger Art

    Lone Buffalo - Oglala Lakota

    $1,250.00
    In this original ledger drawing on paper dated 1874, Donald F. Montileaux is depicting a Sioux Indian warrior called Lone Buffalo.
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  2. Star Rider - Don Montileaux - Framed Native American Ledger Art

    Star Rider

    $1,250.00
    Donald F. Montileaux creates modern-day ledger art using colored pencil and ink on antique paper. Learn More
  3. Horse Gather - Donald F. Montileaux - Framed Original Ledger Drawing

    Horse Gather

    $1,050.00
    Lakota ledger artist, Don Montileaux used colored pencil and ink to render a lively image of the "Horse Gather." This original ledger drawing is done on authentic 1896 ledger paper. Learn More
  4. Chasing Through the Coup - Don Montileaux - print

    Chasing Through The Coup

    $80.00
    The action and excitement of the chase are rendered wonderfully in complimentary colors in the limited edition print 'Chasing Through the Coup' by Donald. F. Montileaux, renowned South Dakota ledger artist. Learn More
  5. Counting Coup - Don Montileaux - print

    Counting Coup

    $80.00
    Don Montileaux's colorful and dynamic ledger art print shows warriors 'counting coup,' a practice of Northern Plains Indians.
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  6. More than a Few - Don Montileaux - print

    More Than A Few

    $80.00
    'More than a Few' is a limited edition print by Lakota Sioux artist Don Montileaux, depicting horses running across a ledger background.
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