"The Painted Arrow People": Art of the Cheyenne

September 9 - December 23, 2008
Ripin Print Gallery

On display for the first time in sixteen years, the vivid and colorful 'ledger drawings' by the Southern Cheyenne warrior-artist Howling Wolf are displayed alongside exquisitely beaded artifacts created by Cheyenne women of the time.

The respect for female Cheyenne artists' geometric quillwork, and later beadwork, was akin to that of male warrior-artists for their trials in battle and subsequent representational accounts, such as those created by Howling Wolf. Entry to one of the artistic guilds took great skill and was regarded as one of the highest achievements for a woman. This esteem mirrors the admission to one of the warrior societies or to success in battle, which dictated a man's social status, including the right to take a bride.

The display of these works side-by-side presents an overview of artistic achievement amongst the Cheyenne of the late 19th century.

This exhibition was organized by Jason Trimmer, AMAM Curator of Education, and Penelope Fisher (OC '08).

Howling Wolf (Southern Cheyenne Indian, 1849 – 1927)

At the Sand Creek Massacre, 1874-1875
Pen, ink, and watercolor on ledger paper
Oberlin Ledger – pg. 4
Gift of Mrs. Jacob D. Cox, 1904
AMAM 04.1180.5