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Beede, A. McG. (Aaron McGaffey), 1859-1934 : [Sioux Indian Drawings], 1913-1914

One hundred sixty unsigned, numbered drawings attributed to "Sioux Indians" (a general, blanket term used to describe the Santee, the Yankton-Yanktonai, and the Lakota peoples) living in Fort Yates, North Dakota during the cataclysmic winter of 1913-1914, a period known as the "Starving Time." Aaron McGaffey Bead, an Episcopal missionary to the Indians of North Dakota, provided paper and art supplies to the residents of Fort Yates during this period and paid 50-75 cents for each drawing, depending on the age of the artist. This collection of watercolor and pencil drawings, letters, and prints offer invaluable insight into issues of self-representation, historical documentation, and cross-cultural exchange within the early twentieth century American Indian context.
Extent: 4 linear feet - (3 custom boxes)
Subjects: Arts, Indians and the West
Call Number: VAULT.oversize Ayer Art Sioux.Indian
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The [Sioux Indian Drawings] are open for research in the Special Collections Reading Room; 1 box at a time maximum, and items in each box will be counted before and after delivery to the patron, proper art handling procedures will be strictly enforced (Priority I).