SchoolArts Magazine

December 2015

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D uring the mid-1800s through the early 1900s, Plains Indi - ans used storekeepers' ledgers, accounting books, and other types of paper as a surface on which to draw or paint, as access to paper was limited. Further research reveals that Plains Indians used these ledger draw - ings to narrate their lives. Modern artists use ledger art as a way to explore Native American traditions. One such artist is Michael Horse, who allows the paper on which he creates to inspire his artwork. For example, Horse used a ledger book from a railroad company to add a drawing about a train and Native Americans riding alongside it. ART Ledger 32 DECEMBER 2015 SchoolArts E L E M E N T A R Y Patricia Martinez and Melanie Robinson

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