Ledger Painting (Abbott Ledger Book)

Painter: Cheyenne Tribe

Year: ca. 1870s

Until the second half of the nineteenth century Plains Indians often recorded their oral traditions in paintings on rocks, cave walls, and tipis. Once explorers forged west, ledgers were introduced and a new form, the ledger painting, was born. Artists used watercolor and pencils to capture important events. In this painting, a warrior takes part in a raid.