Exhibit Features 19th Century Indian Life

Nearly 40 color drawings that depict life of the Lakota Sioux American Indian Tribe in the late 1800s is on exhibit at the library in Sheridan.

The traveling exhibit is being hosted by the Wyoming State Museum and will be up through the end of September.

According to information provided by the library, the drawings come from a leather-bound ledger book that was captured by Capt. R. Miller on Wounded Creek, South Dakota, on Jan. 8, 1891, and purchased in 1900 by the Milwaukee Museum. The book features 116 scenes, depicted by a Sioux warrior named Red Hawk. Scholars believe carrying ledgers of their artwork into battle was a common practice for American Indian warriors.

The traveling exhibit consists of 36 color drawings reproduced from the ledger and four panels of informational text. The reproductions are the same size as the originals and feature scenes of warfare, horse stealing, use of ghost dance shirts, trading goods and warriors returning to their wives. The exhibit is on display on the mezzanine. The library is located on Alger in downtown Sheridan.

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