This image may represent the Battle of the Little Bighorn. The Northern Cheyenne warrior Whistling Elk strikes a soldier with his elk horn quirt, a type of riding whip. To intentionally strike, rather than kill, was a “coup,” which Plains warriors considered an act of bravery.

Ledger Drawing

Date: 1884
Geography: United States, Oklahoma
Culture: Cheyenne or Arapaho
Medium: Paper, pencil (lead and colored), watercolor, crayon, leather binding
Dimensions: W. 11 3/4 in. (pages)
Classification: Paper-Drawings
Credit Line: The Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Collection, Purchase, Nelson A. Rockefeller Gift, 1968
Accession Number: 1978.412.207P38

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