Keeping History: Plains Indian Ledger Drawings Homepage

Grade Range: 2-12
Resource Type(s): Primary Source, Reference Materials
Date Posted: 11/30/2009

The drawings included in this online exhibition are first-person records of military conflicts, cultural life, and "Americanization." The website shares an American Indian perspective on westward expansion through primary sources. In the late 19th century, life was changing rapidly for the Natives who lived on the northern and southern plains. Native men developed a way of recording history through drawings on paper, often called "ledger drawings," in a mixture symbolic and representational illustration styles.

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