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Indian dance, Standing Rock Agency, after distribution of rations
Indian dance, Standing Rock Agency, after distribution of rations
TitleIndian dance, Standing Rock Agency, after distribution of rations
Date of Original1879
CreatorRogers, W. A. (William Allen), 1854-1931
Creator RoleIllustrator
DescriptionLarge group of Indians, likely in earth lodge. Some are dancing, others eating and smoking pipe.
Ordering InformationConsult:
General SubjectIndians of North America
Subject (LCTGM)Dancers
Eating & drinking
Subject (LCSH)Indians of North America
Indians of North America - Clothing & dress
Indians of North America - Dance
Dakota Indians
Indians of North America - Food
Indians of North America - Men
LocationStanding Rock Indian Reservation (N.D. and S.D.)
Sioux County (N.D.)
North Dakota
United States
Item NumberFolio 102.InC44.2
Format of OriginalLithographs
Dimensions of Original28 x 40 cm.
Publisher of OriginalHarper's Magazine Co.
Place of PublicationNew York (N.Y.)
Transcription"An Indian Dance. In a recent number of Harper's Weekly was given a fine double-page picture describing the shooting of cattle by the Indians at Standing Rock Agency, Dakota. The animals belonging to the government are corralled and then shot down by a selected party, after which there is an exciting rush for the tongues of the slaughtered beasts, each man being allowed to take as many as he can cut out and carry away. This takes place every ten days, and is regarded as fine sport. but the merry-making, the 'high time, ' as they call it, comes afterward. The Indians assemble in a log-house, and hold a general jollification meeting. The chief feature of the entertainment is the dance. Only the younger men take an active part in this, the older ones sitting in a circle about them and enjoying the fun. The women are not admitted. The dancers are dressed, so far as they are dressed at all, in the most fantastic manner, and each one carries in his hand his pipe to tomahawk. The bob up and down, leap, run, and skip, and cut up all manner of queer antics. At times they break out into sharp discordant barkings, which are answered by helps and grunts from those who look on. The orchestra sits in one corner, and furnishes its share of the noise by thumping incessantly on a big drum. This is the only instrument used, but our artist is inclined to think that no others are necessary. during the dance the stewed tongue is served out from buckets, and it may be that something a little stronger also finds its way to the mouths of the merry-makers. The sport, beginning in the afternoon, lasts all night." - Article accompanying image.
NotesTitle from caption with image.
Bibliographic Reference"An Indian Dance." Harper's Weekly, April 19, 1879. p. 307.
Repository InstitutionNorth Dakota State University Libraries, Institute for Regional Studies
Repository CollectionDakota Lithographs and Engravings Collection Folio 102
Collection Finding AidConsult:
Credit LineInstitute for Regional Studies, NDSU, Fargo (Folio 102.InC44.2)
Rights ManagementImage in public domain.
Digital IDrsL00058
Original SourceHarper's Weekly, April 19, 1879. p. 304.
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