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Cheyenne Dog Soldiers

A Ledgerbook History of Coups and Combat

by Jean Afton, David Fridtjof Halaas, and Andrew E. Masich, with Richard N. Ellis

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Since the Battle of Summit Springs on July 11, 1869, a ledgerbook of over 100 color drawings lay neglected in the archives of the Colorado Historical Society for nearly a century. The authors, working in close association with the Cheyenne nation, have produced an unprecedented look at the Dog Soldiers based on this ledgerbook. Unlike other books that interpret ledgerbook art, the authors treat the Summit Springs ledger drawings as historical documents, a history of the Dog Soldiers recorded by the warrior-artists themselves.

In Cheyenne Dog Soldiers, the earliest of the extant Cheyenne ledgerbooks, the authors have painstakingly matched drawings with known events, such as the 1865 sack of Julesburg, Colorado, and the 1865 battles of Rush Creek, Platte River Bridge, and Tongue River in the Dakota and Montana territories. Also identified are such noted Dog Soldiers as Tall Bull, Big Crow, Whirlwind, and Wolf with Plenty of Hair.


The late Jean Afton traveled the world and lived in states throughout the American West. She completed advanced graduate work in anthropology.

David Fridtjof Halaas is former chief historian of the Colorado Historical Society.

Andrew E. Masich is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Senator John Heinz History Center and Chairman of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.

Richard N. Ellis was professor and chair of the Department of Southwest Studies at Fort Lewis College.

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  • Other Price: $49.95
  • Other Format: CD-ROM
  • Other ISBN: 978-0-9658733-0-7
  • Publication Year: 2000
  • Pages: 432
  • Illustrations: 168 color photos, 31 b&w photos, 75 b&w illustrations, 5 maps, 3 tables
  • Discount Type: Trade
  • Author: by Jean Afton, David Fridtjof Halaas, and Andrew E. Masich, with Richard N. Ellis
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87081-574-4
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