Presentation on theme: "Native American Ledger Art Courtesy of the National Anthropological Archives."— Presentation transcript:
Native American Ledger Art Courtesy of the National Anthropological Archives
Native American Ledger Art Pictographic art Prehistoric art style first used on rocks and animal skins. Later drawn in journals procured from the white traders and trappers. In 1920’s, drawn by children in boarding schools Children drew pictures in the ledger books their teachers gave them for assignments That is how the art style came to be called ledger art.
Native American Ledger Art To view ledger art by Walter Bone Shirt kept in the University of Montana library, click on the link below. Once at the web site: Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on “more images.” Click on the first image (front cover). To see more images, go up to the green strip and click on “next”. When finished viewing examples, press close box (X) to return to the slide show. Ledger Art
Native American Ledger Art We will share two stories The first story is a fiction book that shows illustrations of traditional ledger art. The second story is a fiction book with illustrations that have been influenced by ledger art.
Two Stories of Ledger Art We will first read The Ledgerbook of Thomas Blue Eagle Written and illustrated by Gay Matthaei and others Notice how similar the illustrations are to the ledger art by Walter Bone Shirt that we saw online. STOP here and read the story. We will now read Crazy Horse’s Vision Written by Joseph Bruchac Illustrated by S.D. Nelson S.D. Nelson’s art style has been heavily influenced by ledger art. Please look at the story’s art work as we share the book together. STOP here and read the story.
Ledger Art Questions What is ledger art? Pictographic art adapted from rocks and animal skins to paper Where was it first used? On journals and ledger sheets from the trappers and traders. When did children start to use it? In the 1920’s at Indian Boarding Schools
Ledger Art Activity Choose one of the two stories we have just read for your drawing. Fold one white 12” x 18” piece of construction paper into fourths. In each panel of your construction paper, write a sentence that describes one of the events from the story you have chosen. Using ledger book style, sketch a representation of each sentence. Color in each sketch carefully and completely. Put your name on your four-panel art work.